Men carrying heavy bags of cocoa pods
Men bringing cocoa pods to collection area, near Divo, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: Nile Sprague.

A call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation

3 October 2019

Over 80 civil society organisations and trade unions have called on the European Union to bring forth this term new corporate accountability legislation requiring companies to respect human rights and the environment in their global value chains and operations. Such legislation should establish a corporate duty to respect human rights and the environment and require companies and financial institutions to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses and harm in their domestic and global operations, activities, products, services, supply chains and exports. The legislation should hold such companies legally accountable and provide access to justice for victims.

Anti-Slavery ha​s been leading this action, together with ​NGO partners including Clean Clothes Campaign and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice.

Read the full statement: A call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation.

Transparency in Supply Chains Consultation

16 September 2019

Submission by CORE Coalition, Anti-Slavery International, Amnesty International, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Christian Aid, Environmental Justice Foundation, Fairtrade Foundation, FLEX, Freedom Fund, Freedom United, Traidcraft Exchange, TUC, UNICEF and UNISON.

We’re calling on the UK government to:

  • Introduce mandatory criteria for reporting
  • Introduce an effective Government-run registry
  • Introduce meaningful sanctions for failures to comply with the TISC provision
  • Extend the reporting requirement to the public sector
  • For the UK government to go beyond reporting and introduce mandatory human rights due diligence.

Download the PDF: Transparency in Supply Chains Consultation

EU action on slavery in supply chains: Briefing for Westminster Hall Debate on the independent review of the Modern Slavery Act

Improving the effectiveness of the supply chain reporting requirement in UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and moving towards mandatory human rights due diligence. This review considers the successes and limitations of the implementation of the reporting requirements set out in the UK Modern Slavery Act to reducing modern slavery in supply chains. The review identifies that research by civil society and reports by Parliamentary committees have exposed flaws in the legislation and its implementation.

Sitting on pins and needles

sitting on pins and needles report cover2018.
This report is a rapid assessment of labour conditions in Vietnam’s export-oriented textile and garment sector. The findings of the report, that highlight the risk of forced labour, child labour and child slavery, showcase the need for pan-European legislation that includes mandatory human rights due diligence at the EU level. As the second largest garment producer in Asia, and key trading partner of the EU, the Vietnam case was worth looking at. With Vietnam and the EU in the middle of negotiations on a future trade agreement, this study proves the EU should set higher standards for those it chooses to trade with.

Download PDF: Sitting on pins and needles


Turkmen cotton and the risk of forced labour in global supply chains

turkmen cotton and forced labour report cover March 2019.
This report brings the strong links between Turkey and Turkmenistan to light. Being the 11th largest cotton producer in the world, Turkmenistan’s apparel and textile exports pose a significant risk of forced labour tainting global supply chains and present a challenge to brands’ due diligence. Anti-Slavery International has documented cases of Turkish enterprises that operate in Turkmenistan and claim to sell their products to well-known international brands. These links show that Turkey is acting as the main gateway for its cotton products to global supply chains, and brands should be aware of it.

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A call for pan-European action to tackle forced labour and child labour in global supply chains

call for pan European action report cover June 2018.
This briefing for European policy makers outlines the increased risk of forced and child labour, in global supply chains of goods and services. It argues that extant national and EU law and policies are insufficient to eradicate slavery in supply chains, since they cover only specific sectors (such as conflict minerals or timber) or generic transparency requirements. Anti-Slavery International calls for a systematic, pan-European approach to tackling forced and child labour in global supply chains that includes binding due diligence, requiring businesses to proactively tackle human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.

Download PDF: EU action on slavery in supply chains

Slavery on the high street. Forced labour in the manufacture of garments for international brands.

slavery on the high street report cover2012. Anti-Slavery International.
New report from Anti-Slavery International exposes how top UK high street brands are selling clothing made by girls in slavery in southern India. Our research has uncovered the routine use of forced labour of girls and young women in the spinning mills and garment factories of five Indian clothing manufacturers that supply major western clothing retail brands.

Download PDF: Slavery on the high street


End Child Trafficking in West Africa: Lessons from the Ivorian cocoa sector

cocoa report cover2010. Anti-Slavery International, Paul Robson.
This report finds that trafficking of children to cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire still occurs. The research found significant numbers of young people in Mali and Burkina Faso who had worked as children in cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire in the last five years. The practices occur in the context of large-scale movements of people within the region including the trafficking of children to other  agricultural activities and to other sectors.

Download PDF: End Child Trafficking in West Africa