The UK government has announced proposed new measures to “hold businesses and public bodies accountable” for tackling modern slavery in their supply chains.
Under the proposals public bodies would be brought into the scope of the legislation. Organisations with budgets of £36m or more, including local authorities in England and Wales, would be required to report on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in supply chains.
The government said the measures would harness the annual public sector spend of £250bn to “ensure responsible practises in supply chains and bring it in line with businesses”.
Under the changes businesses and public bodies will be required to publish modern slavery statements on a “digital government reporting service”. Former prime minister Theresa May announced the government was producing a central registry in 2019.
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