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Take action on forced labour and the supply chain

Write a letter to the Chief Executives of your favourite retail chains. See the sample letter which you can personalise and add to. You can find the address of the company's headquarters on your receipts or on their website (sometimes under terms and conditions).

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sample letter

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you about the use of forced labour in your supply chain. I regularly shop at your stores and I would like to know what measures you have taken to ensure that there is no forced labour in the products that I buy.

Anti-Slavery International informs me that as forced labour is often hidden, a company may not be aware of its existence unless it has measures in place to identify, eradicate and prevent the use of forced labour in its supply chain.

I urge you to ensure that actions are developed in close co-operation with local governments in the countries concerned, relevant international agencies and local NGOs and trade unions. This will ensure that changes made are integrated within broader initiatives on trafficking, illegal child labour and forced labour and policies to ensure the full rehabilitation and reintegration of those exploited.

Is your company involved in any multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at eradicating the use of forced labour in your supply chain such as the Ethical Trading Initiative? If so, I would be grateful if you could explain how your company is involved.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

(your name)

Thank you for your help.


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