Press Release: UK enforcement of modern slavery abuses is escalating

8 November 2017, London

UK enforcement of modern slavery and human rights abuses is escalating confirms Deputy Director of Business Change at the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) Mark Heath – UK’s public body that prevents workers’ exploitation in the fresh produce sector.

Speaking to Front Group Ltd earlier this month in London, Mark said: “As a UK enforcement and operational authority GLAA is increasing its capacity to investigate modern slavery offences. The GLAA is always available for a dialogue with companies in order to effectively identify and tackle any exploitative practice within labour supply chains.”

In addition to the GLAA’s growing responsibilities in the space, Metropolitan Police stays committed to addressing the issue of recruitment practices in labour supplies through DS Krishan Kapur from Metropolitan Police FALCON Unit says, “A supply of vulnerable people and labour outsourcing creates the environment for modern slavery to take root. SAFERjobs, formed by the Metropolitan Police in 2008, is part of the solution to this problem.  By ensuring employers use SAFERjobs partner recruiters we have the mechanisms to identify if the supply chain is enabling modern slavery.”

The British authorities are keeping the momentum in eradicating modern slavery and human rights abuses. One can no longer argue that the Modern Slavery Act is a ‘light touch’ legislation believes Dmitry Elizarov of Front Group Ltd. “While many claimed the Act lacks clarity and enforcement, it helps businesses to establish a dialogue with policymakers and enables action.”

Additional information

Further discussions on the subject will be available at the Second Global Modern Slavery and Supply Chain Summit taking place on 14 November in London at the Norton Rose Fulbright office. Both GLAA and Metropolitan Police will speak alongside senior practitioners from Nokia, JLL, Intel, Sainsbury’s, Pentland Brands, Travis Perkins, Twinings, Fairphone and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Confirmed delegates include the likes of; Innocent Drinks, National Grid, AXA UK, Lockheed Martin, BAT, Stella McCartney, Dawnfresh Seafood, Covington LLP, Biffa Plc, Drax Group, Rolls-Royce, SSE, Lidl, Dixons-Carphone, Caterers Choice, N Brown Group, RWE, Co-op, Marshalls Plc, plus more.

Further details of the summit, speakers and the agenda could be found here: https://front-group.co.uk/modernslavery/

For any questions regarding attending, speaking or sponsoring the summit, please contact Dmitry Elizarov at dmitry@front-group.co.uk or on +44 20 3397 6587.

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