Brands working with the online retailer, including River Island, Missguided, New Look and Dr Martens, signed a pledge during an event at the House of Lords to take measures to eliminate slavery. The pledge included a commitment to map and assess modern slavery risks and to work collaboratively with other brands to develop resources to raise awareness of slavery in garment supply chains.
Modern slavery can happen anywhere in the world. But the risk is greater in some countries than others. Recent legislation, such as the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the U.K. Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the amendment to the US Tariff Act in February 2016, reflect that slavery is a serious issue in supply chains.
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