Global 2019

Cotton Crimes: Forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton industry

Stopping slavery in supply chains

Addressing slavery practices in global supply chains is central to Anti-Slavery’s work.

As ‘critical friends’, we continued encouraging businesses in the UK to go beyond compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and develop practices preventing exploitation in all parts of their supply chains. We worked with brands such as Whistles and The White Company.

We also teamed up with leading online fashion retailer ASOS and other partners to help end the exploitation of migrant workers travelling from Bangladesh and Madagascar to work in the garment industry in Mauritius.

In partnership with a wide coalition of organisations, Anti-Slavery has been encouraging global brands to pledge to not knowingly use cotton from Turkmenistan, picked by forced labour. Over 70 brands have already signed the pledge.

Call for new EU law to tackle slavery in supply chains

Women affected by bonded labour advocating for their rights in India

Together with partners, we built a coalition of over 100 organisations to back the campaign for an EU-wide law that would make businesses legally responsible for potential abuses in their global supply chains. The campaign has also been backed by a number of international brands, adding an extra impetus.

Niger slave descend children in school

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