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New Standard will help the construction sector to address modern slavery in supply chains

The latest report from the Global Slavery Index reveals that modern slavery now affects 48 million people worldwide.

‘While the report cites the number of people affected in the UK at a relatively low 13,000, this figure doesn’t reflect the complex supply chains of most sectors, none more so than the construction sector,’says BRE’s Head of Responsible Sourcing Shamir Ghumra. ‘It up to all of us to take positive action against the evils of modern slavery.’

The recently launched Ethical Labour Standard has been developed by BRE to provide organisations with a framework to verify their systems and processes in relation to the Modern Slavery Act and continuously improve their ethical labour sourcing practices.

‘We have 120+ organisations helping us to shape the standard and trial its use,’ says Ghumra. ‘This is a testament to the willingness of our industry to do the right thing – these are organisations with complex international supply chains so the ability they have to affect real change on a global scale is significant.’

A video presented at the launch of the Ethical Labour standard can be viewed here.

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