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Businesses Join Forces To Fight Modern Slavery

21 July 2017     Burnaston, near Derby
Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK

On Friday 21 July, business, charity and police leaders from across the UK will be taking part in a seminar that will explore the practical measures that can be taken to identify, and eradicate modern slavery from corporate supply chains.

The event — Business in Combat: Eradicating Modern Slavery from Corporate Supply Chains — has been organised by the University of Derby’s International Policing and Justice Institute, in association with constabularies across the East Midlands.

Business in Combat will take place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, at Burnaston near Derby and will build on the event that was organised by the Institute in March 2017 and the event that the Institute hosted in 2016, whose keynote speakers included the Archbishop of Canterbury.

During the March seminar it was acknowledged that the police and law enforcement agencies cannot tackle this hidden and pernicious crime on their own and part of the solution is to engage with companies across the UK who are increasingly on the frontline of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Companies with a turnover of more than £36million are bound by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to ensure that their supply chains — in the UK and overseas — are free from modern slavery and all forms of labour exploitation. Companies turning over less than £36million are not legally obliged to guarantee that their supply chains are clear, but there is a moral duty to do so and they are often part of a wider supply chain.

Commenting on the seminar, the event’s lead academic, Dr David Walsh, an Associate Professor in the field of criminal justice at the University of Derby, said: “We are extremely grateful to Toyota for offering to host the event, which will be introduced by the company’s Deputy Managing Director and Business in the Community’s Regional Ambassador, Tony Walker.

“During the course of the workshop-style event we intend to develop and agree a practical action plan that can be implemented by law enforcement agencies and businesses alike, which will help to identify and eradicate modern slavery from corporate supply chains.’

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For any questions please contact Kathryn Hindmarch ([email protected]), 01332 591729 or contact Simon Turton, Opera Public Relations ([email protected]), 0333 355 3600.