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Tackling modern slavery in Congolese cobalt mines

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Jan-2016 09:59:44

Almost_36m_people_live_in_modern_slavery_BLOG.jpgThis week it emerged that major consumer tech brands including Apple, Samsung and Sony may be implicated in a child labour scandal involving cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In its latest report, human rights charity Amnesty International has exposed links between a Chinese mineral firm, believed to supply at least 16 multinational companies, and cobalt mines exploiting child labour in the central African nation. Used within lithium-ion batteries, cobalt is a component of many consumer electronics.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, modern day slavery

Bangladesh sweatshops highlight modern slavery in retail supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

10-Dec-2015 10:00:00

Since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when more than 1,100Segura_091215.jpg
factory workers were killed in a horrific building collapse, the
Bangladeshi garment industry has come under close scrutiny.
Tougher inspections have resulted in
35 factories closing, while
the recent introduction of the Modern Slavery Act means that
UK retailers are more aware than ever of the need for
greater supply chain oversight.

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Topics: global sourcing, garment industry, modern day slavery

Modern slavery poses a supply chain risk to most UK companies

Posted by Peter Needle

09-Nov-2015 12:16:02

Modern slavery poses a supply chain risk to most UK companiesLast month, the Modern Slavery Act came into effect across the UK, signifying a huge step forward in abolishing slavery throughout Britain and beyond.

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Topics: modern day slavery

Cottoning on to modern slavery in the retail supply chain

Posted by Peter Needle

22-Oct-2015 11:00:00

Following The Rana Plaza Disaster,Cottoning on to modern slavery in the retail supply chain many fashion consumers are concerned about working conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry. However, few are aware of the conditions of modern slavery prevalent across the cotton industry in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. 

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Topics: modern day slavery

Why UK manufacturers should embrace the Modern Slavery Act

Posted by Peter Needle

15-Oct-2015 17:12:00

The Modern Slavery Act isWhy UK manufacturers should embrace the Modern Slavery Act set to transform supply chain transparency across the UK and beyond. Large companies will soon be legally required to release an annual report, detailing measures taken to uncover and address modern slavery in their supply chain. We believe that this legislation should be embraced rather than endured in order for companies to really benefit. 

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Topics: modern day slavery

Supply chain risks and modern slavery to be tackled worldwide

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Sep-2015 11:00:00

The Modern Supply chain risks and modern slavery to be tackled worldwideSlavery Act is due to affect large UK companies from October, but it looks as if this may just be the start of a much larger global trend. The US is now looking to implement a similar law, meaning that companies are quickly running out of ways to hide secondary supply chain risks.

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Topics: modern day slavery

How will the Modern Slavery Act transform supply chain risk?

Posted by Peter Needle

10-Sep-2015 11:00:00

TheHow will the Modern Slavery Act transform supply chain risk? Modern Slavery Act came into force on 31st July, and court cases are already beginning to hit the headlines as individuals are found guilty of serious ethical offences. Large UK companies will soon face new legislation as well, with employers required to produce modern slavery statements from October. In this blog, we’ve considered the biggest sources of supply chain risk, and the potential consequences for companies that fail to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.

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Topics: modern day slavery

Is your garment supply chain free from modern slavery?

Posted by Peter Needle

24-Aug-2015 09:00:00

TheIs your garment supply chain free from modern slavery? Modern Slavery Act will make supply chain transparency, reporting and improvement a compulsory measure for many large UK companies. However, industry expert David Birnbaum recently told Just Style that compliance in the global garment industry is still “fundamentally flawed.” So how can you tell if your supply chain is slavery free, and what can you do about it?

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Topics: modern day slavery

What does the Modern Slavery Act mean for supply chain risk?

Posted by Peter Needle

31-Jul-2015 09:53:00

The What does the Modern Slavery Act mean for supply chain risk?Modern Slavery Act 2015 is cracking down on modern slavery within the UK and beyond. As well as consolidating current offences of slavery and human trafficking, and introducing new preventative measures, support systems and regulatory body, the act also imposes annual reporting obligations on organisations above a certain size.

The recently announced turnover threshold of £36m is lower than many people expected. So what does this mean for supply chain risk management in the UK?

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Topics: modern day slavery

Changing UK laws tackle modern day slavery in the supply chain

Posted by Peter Needle

22-Dec-2014 13:06:00

Changing_UK_laws_tackle_modern_day_slavery_BLOGThe UK government first announced plans to create a Modern Slavery Bill in 2013. As 2014 comes to a close, we look at what has been achieved so far and what still remains to be done.

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Topics: supply chain transparency, modern day slavery