slavery and what we buy

Typically the final product you purchase has passed through a long chain of producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers who have all participated in its production, delivery and sale.

It can therefore be very difficult to track a component of an end product back to a particular producer, for example cotton in a T-shirt back to a particular cotton farm. However businesses have a responsibility to ensure that they are taking every possible step to prevent forced labour form taking place in their supply chain and we as consumers have a duty to hold them to account and ensure that they do so. Find out how to engage your students to discover the links between slavery and what we buy and the actions that they can take to hold businesses to account:

Background Information - Slavery and what we buy

Supply Chain.ppt

Slavery and what we buy lesson plan

Resource Sheet 4.1 Products of Slavery

Resource Sheet 4.1 UK Vegetables

bonded labour in India

Bonded labour is probably the least known but widest used form of slavery today
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children in school in Haiti

Former Restaveks, child domestic servants, at a summer camp organised as rehabilitation by Foyer Maurice Sixto
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