Tackling modern slavery & accessing growth – the benefits of transparency to small business
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Modern slavery is a global issue on a huge scale. The Global Slavery Index’s latest estimate puts the number of modern day slaves at 45.8 million people around the world – almost the population of Spain. With complex global problems … Read More

Ethical consumerism – sending ripples around the World
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  Today fashion dances at our fingertips for the taking. Trends whirl through at speed, living and dying within weeks, Pinterest boards fill up with wishlists, and beautiful Instagram posts with “#linkinprofile” lure us into a dangerous game of satisfying … Read More

View from a Millennial: Why Businesses Need to Embrace Transparency
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Photo credit: pexels.com Nearly two centuries have passed since the UK Parliament first passed the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 decreeing to end slavery in (most of) the British Empire. The legislation came after years of struggle and public movements against … Read More

Why You Should Buy Ethically Sourced Chocolate
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From cocoa beans to candy bars, the chocolate industry is sweeter than ever. Earning an estimated $98.3 billion in annual revenue, experts predict worldwide demand for chocolate will likely exceed 4.5 million tonnes by 2020 at a compound annual growth … Read More

Slavery on the Shelves
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Let’s face it: labour exploitation affects nearly every sector of our global economy. From seafood in Thailand to coffee in Brazil to clothing in Bangladesh, examples abound of consumer goods and services tainted with the scourge of modern slavery and … Read More

Modern Slavery Act Compliance: What We’ve Learnt So Far
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From its inception nearly a year ago, the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) has presented businesses with an exciting opportunity: a chance to lead the fight against modern slavery and forced labour. To review, Section 54 of the MSA requires … Read More

How Qatar and Brazil are approaching modern slavery ahead of the two biggest global sports events
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Sports events often have disastrous track records in forced labour and trafficking. With Brazil preparing to host the Olympics this year, and Qatar getting ready for the Football World Cup in 2022, the next two biggest global sports events will … Read More

The OECD Guidelines: What Your Business Needs to Know
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  The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) provide an interesting framework for businesses to tackle modern slavery. Adopted by 46 member or adhering countries, they encourage ethical business conduct and corporate responsibility and … Read More

UK Ratifies the ILO’s 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention
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  Last week the United Kingdom became the third country, after Niger and Norway, to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention. This constitutes a major step towards ending the scourge of modern slavery … Read More

The Eight Forms of Forced Labour
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In its 1930 Forced Labour Convention, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) described forced or compulsory labour as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has … Read More

50forFreedom: Why You Should Ask Your Government to Ratify the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention
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The Forced Labour Convention of 1930 is one of the eight fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which together spell out the labour standards guiding most of the world’s countries today. As a legally binding document, it places … Read More

Forced Labour in Britain’s Hospitality Industry
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In 2014, the United Kingdom welcomed 32.6 million international tourists, an increase of 5% from 2013 and a figure which far surpasses the pre-financial crisis levels of foreign visits. To accommodate this rising demand, the hospitality sector has also been … Read More

Sectors Where Labour Exploitation Still Exists in the UK
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Last month the National Crime Agency (NCA) published its annual assessment on the nature and scale of human trafficking in the UK, reporting an unprecedented rise in the number of labour exploitation cases. For the first time, there were found … Read More

Men Make Up 78% of Labour Exploitation Victims in the UK
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In December, the National Crime Agency reported that the ratio between males and females exploited for labour in 2014 remains largely unchanged compared to 2013 with men accounting for most of the cases. Women make up only about 10% of … Read More

Guide to Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
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The Walk Free Foundation, with input from Verite and CIPS, have put together a very useful practical guide to tackling modern slavery in the supply chain. They cover actions businesses can take to fight modern slavery across 5 key steps: … Read More

World Cup 2022: Qatar’s Modern Slaves
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Civil society organisations and major media outlets have been on Qatar’s case for years. Since it was announced in late 2010 that the small Arab state will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the projects for the event’s … Read More

Focus: Modern Slavery in the Construction Sector
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Despite the government’s efforts to curb the trend, labour exploitation in the UK is on the rise. Just last week the National Crime Agency (NCA) reported that it has reached unprecedented levels. According to this report, labour exploitation now accounts for … Read More

Modern Slavery: 7 Warning Signs
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Can you spot the signs of Modern Slavery in your business? Cases of forced labour go most of the time un-noticed, yet they can be very close. In the UK the estimated number of victims is on the rise, and … Read More

Internship opportunity!
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ChainChecked is growing rapidly, and we are looking to recruit an intern to help us in this exciting phase, to co-ordinate content and social media and to contribute to research. The intern will be joining a fast-moving, entrepreneurial and committed team at the crossroads … Read More

50forFreedom – Call on your government to ratify the ILO protocol
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The International Labour Organisation, ILO, has launched a worldwide campaign to put pressure on governments to ratify the Protocol voted last year. 50 for Freedom is a campaign to mobilise citizens to put pressure on their respective government to ratify … Read More

ILO’s Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention
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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the UN agency specialised in labour. It was founded in 1919, in the context of a world ravaged after WWI. Their premise is that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on … Read More

Slavery in the world – in numbers
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Although slavery is illegal in all countries, today there are more slaves in the world than there has ever been. Slavery can be found in every country in the world, where it affects the most vulnerable people. A few numbers from the … Read More

Slavery in the UK – in numbers
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We talk about modern slavery in developing countries as we look into our supply chains, but what is happening here in the UK? In this country, modern slavery still exists. Although numbers are by nature difficult to assess, the government estimates … Read More

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
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The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. Adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in … Read More

Transparency and trust at the heart of implementing the UK Modern Slavery Act
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1st November was the day the UK Modern Slavery Act came into action. Part 6 of the Act, ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’, requires all companies with a turnover of £36 million or over that have some commercial activity in the … Read More

ChainChecked at Techfugees
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ChainChecked participated in TechFugees, the event set up following the migrants’ crisis to mobilising the tech industry around the plight of the refugees and find solutions. The event took place across two days and gathered some of the most creative, tech … Read More

Enabling businesses to fight slavery
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A little can go a long way… The Modern Slavery Act is coming to place 1st November. From that day all companies with a turnover of over £36m that runs some activity in the UK will need to issue a … Read More