UK exposed to modern slavery risk
Data reveals that the country is exposed to increased risk of modern day slavery from 66% of global nations
Report from – Gordon Miller
Russia, Slovakia, India and Pakistan, according to the Index, are all ‘severe risk’ source countries of ‘modern day slaves’ to the UK. Of the G7 nations, Italy is identified as a ‘high risk’ nation – partly due to the conflict in Syria. Greece and Turkey are additionally categorized as ‘high risk’ countries.
This is according to BSI’s new Trafficking & Supply Chain Slavery Patterns Index which enables businesses and organizations to assess and avoid the risks posed by slavery and trafficking. The Index cross-references source countries of displaced people, and their likelihood of being exploited in destination countries.
The Index’s lead developer, Michiko Shima, BSI, said: “The Index is unique in that it looks at the intersection and relationship between source countries of displaced people, and the likelihood of being exploited upon arrival in destination countries. Other methods are one dimensional – looking only at source or destination countries.”
The presentation of tens of thousands of pairings of source/destination countries and their relative risk provides a broad understanding of the breadth of threats to global supply chains. These include human rights abuses, security threats and business continuity risks.
The Index shines a light for business, government, and civil society to understand the risk associated with the movement and exploitation of people between 191 source countries and 193 destination countries. Each combination of countries has been ranked from low to severe based on the risk score.
In the UK, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is highlighting the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the risk to business of finding examples of it in global supply chains. Several high-profile court cases^ have highlighted the irresponsible practices that are occurring in full view across Britain.
Kevin Hyland, OBE, The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has said: “Evidence suggests labour exploitation is rife in the UK. Construction, agriculture, hospitality and seafood are core sectors in my work against modern slavery. Along with statutory agencies, government departments and NGOs, it is incumbent on companies to drive out any forms of exploitation.”
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