With as many as 29.8 million slaves all over the world today, generating $150 billion in illegal profits every year, slavery is more prolific and more lucrative than ever. Two hundred years after the abolition of the slave trade, the UK Government has the opportunity to abolish slavery entirely.

However the conditions on which Britain will make its return to the forefront of abolitionism have never been more uncertain. Twelve months after the Home Office unveiled its plans for a new Modern Slavery Bill, controversial omissions in the legislation remain.

If the Bill is passed in its current form, it will not require companies to report on measures they have taken to identify and eradicate modern slavery in their supply chains.

Frank Field MP, Chair of the Modern Slavery Bill Evidence Review, is urgently campaigning for an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill, which would ensure that it legislates against slavery in company supply chains. Supporters of this move have asked UK constituents to write [Word Doc] to their MPs and have also launched an e-petition.

For further information about slavery and supply chains, please contact info@li.com, or follow on Twitter @LegatumInst #slavesupplychain.

Further Reading

  • This Isn't the Time to Go Wobbly on Slavery, Democracy Lab, 12 September 2014 (Details)
  • UK Stalls on Supply Chain Slavery, Ethical Corporation, 1 September 2014 (Details)
  • During an Unexpected Boom in the Industry, David Cameron is Fumbling on Slavery, New Statesman, 27 August (Details)
  • The Churches Must Unite Against Slavery, Says Frank FieldBy Cristina Odone, Daily Telegraph, 10 July 2014 (Details)
  • Slavery and Abolition – Then and Now, ConservativeHome, 8 July 2014 (Details)
  • About the Draft Modern Slavery Bill (Details)