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.
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.