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“Modern slavery”: Activists want tougher UK duty of disclosure on slavery-free supply chains

The UK government announced on October 13 that larger businesses will have to state publicly each year what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free.

The requirement will be in a government-backed amendment to a Modern Slavery Bill, currently going through Parliament.

Holland’s Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (Somo) added on October 28 a call for victims of slavery, working for UK  companies, to be able to seek damages in UK courts. The call specifically cited the sumangali practice of bonded labour in Indian mills as an example of slavery, after an October 27 report claiming the practice now features in the supply chains of H&M, Primark, C&A, Mothercare, Sainsbury’s and Hanesbrands.