Forced labour often affects vulnerable people, and migrant workers, indigenous people and women are particularly affected. The risk of human trafficking and forced labour being associated with all companies has now become material, for both the companies and their investors.
We have a long history of engaging in issues related to modern slavery. In 2007, alongside National Museums Liverpool, we commissioned the Haitian Freedom! statue at the Liverpool Slavery Museum to mark 200th anniversary of the prohibition of the slave trade and in our international operations we have supported initiatives such as the Global March Against Child Labour, the West Asia Task Force of the Migrant Forum Asia working to promote the rights of migrant domestic in the Middle East, and a programme to combat child trafficking in South Asia supported by Comic Relief. Our work in India and other parts of South Asia continues to have a strong focus on capacity building and advocacy in ending caste-based discrimination and social exclusion, which is an important factor in trapping people in slavery.This statement outlines our continued work towards tackling modern day
slavery both in the UK and in our non-UK offices and through our partners. The structure of the statement relating to our own operations follows the recommendation from the UK Modern Slavery Act both in terms of structure (Section 54, subsection 5), and responsibility for implementing the statement (subsection 6). In each substantive section of the statement we include a final section concerning our own risk assessment and further commitments which we will report on in the next financial year’s statement.