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QinetiQ Collaborate Event

On Thursday 7th November, we hosted an exclusive QinetiQ Collaborate roundtable event with our industry peers around addressing Modern Slavery within the supply chain. We engaged in open and honest conversation and discussed how we can tackle this very real and serious issue together.

Modern Slavery graphic depicting a figure being used as a puppet on red background

When you hear the word ‘slavery’, it no doubt conjures up shocking and distressing historical connotations. What is more shocking is the realisation that slavery actually still exists today and is often hidden in plain sight. As a responsible business, it is our duty to address this in the most targeted way possible, and this begins with ensuring we have transparency within our supply chain and with our industry partners. 

Not only did the event allow us to candidly explore this through discussion, but we also invited Andrew Wallis OBE, the CEO of Modern Slavery charity, Unseen UK, to present to the group. Andrew was frank and honest; through his work delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world, he was able to share some very hard-hitting facts and case studies.

"In 2016, at any given time, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million people in forced marriage. 70% of these are women and girls and sadly, one in four victims of modern slavery are children."

The event ended with the group agreeing to continue to raise awareness and work collaboratively to ensure that modern slavery is not something to be ignored.

If you think someone may be a victim of slavery or exploitation, you can call the confidential UK modern slavery helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 08000 121 700.