As new laws emerge around Europe, it’s time for the UK to hold business liable for human rights abuses in supply chains around the world.
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A year after the Modern Slavery Act came into force, then Prime Minister Theresa May was effusive in her praise for Section 54’s supply chain transparency requirement. It is, as she described it in 2016, “a world-leading transparency requirement on businesses to show that modern slavery is not taking place in their companies or their supply chains”.
Five years on, much has changed.
Instead of being “world-leading”, it is now increasingly understood that Section 54 quite simply fails to achieve what it set out to do on modern slavery and forced labour in supply chains—not to mention its wholesale lack of coverage of other hum
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