Gov.Wales Supplier Panel
Thanks to the Gov.Wales Anti-slavery partnership committing to using tiscreport.org for managing the Modern Slavery Act beyond-compliance status of all of their suppliers, we are setting up a special taskforce to help with raising awareness and enrollment for suppliers to Welsh government. Watch this space for updates.
“I am delighted to support the initiatives being spearheaded by the award winning charity Unseen. The new UK-wide modern slavery helpline will give victims, statutory agencies, non-government organisations, businesses and members of the public, not only in Wales but across the UK, vital support to tackle slavery. Also Unseen is partnering with the social enterprise Semantrica to provide a central registry for businesses to file their annual transparency statements. The introduction of the central registry will becomes a crucial tool in maximising transparency and fully supporting the important business partnerships we are developing across Wales.”
Stephen Chapman, Wales Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator
With the first annual deadline set for MSA reporting of 1st April 2016, tiscreport and our partners aim to create a body of sector knowledge around slavery in supply chains for any company that has a footprint in the city of Bristol. This could be Nike, as their products are sold in Bristol (and therefore leaving very visible footprints!), through to local companies with their employees living within the Bristol boundary. The aim is to gather data that will shape the form of next year's statements through use of best practice across sectors that intersect in a physical geographical location.
We have cross-party support to date from the following mayoral candidates, which is real cause for celebration. We urge companies whose supply chains cross Bristol's boundaries to join our effort to create sectoral best practice statements and sector groups. If you would like to take part alongside some of the biggest companies in the region please get in touch via our contact form.
"We should not wait for the world to save itself through treaties and alliances. It is for cities to set the example on things that matter, from climate change, inequality and eradication of exploitation. Transparency in supply chains starts with transparency of actions taken, and If I become the elected Mayor of Bristol in May, I will ensure that all council procurement requires that suppliers required to comply [with the Modern Slavery Act 2015] and submit their anti-slavery statements to tiscreport.org. Our city was built through the sacrifices of victims of the Transatlantic slave trade. But together with Bristol's business community we will ensure that slavery has no place to hide in our city." Marvin Rees, Elected Mayor, City of Bristol
"I am delighted that Jaya has set this up. She is a credit to the business community and for making sure that business is about more than just profit. Businesses have a duty to be socially responsible and reflect the areas where they operate. In Bristol I look forward to supporting this new website, tiscreport.org, and making sure that major businesses in our city take this issue very seriously. As a minimum, we will require all BCC suppliers above the Modern Slavery Act 2015 threshold to submit regular anti-slavery statements to tiscreport.org to encourage transparency of actions that will lead to the end of modern slavery here in our city." George Ferguson, Former Elected Mayor and Mayoral Candidate, City of Bristol
"Modern slavery often starts with the question; “Do you want a job?” Modern slavery could be the child cleaning your car at the traffic lights, the man paving your driveway, the woman who picked your strawberries. Unlike earlier forms of slavery, modern slavery can often be invisible involving more subtle means of coercion and control than chains and a whip. Modern slavery can affect anybody - but its perpetrators especially target the most vulnerable. Often its victims arrive in the UK as a result of human trafficking - now the third largest criminal offence in the world. However, recent statistics show that the third most common country of origin for slaves subjected to sexual exploitation here in the UK is the UK itself. There are thousands of slaves in the UK in any one year – somewhere in the region of 10,000 to 13,000 is the generally accepted figure. This includes hundreds of child slaves, with children as young as 3 being trafficked.
As well as sexual exploitation and child slavery, modern slavery also includes forced criminality (such as cannabis cultivation), domestic servitude, forced marriage and also some 3,000-5,000 people exploited as forced labour. Forced labour is relatively common within UK businesses. And although companies may not actively exploit workers, when their products/services require complex and multileveled supply chains, there is a strong likelihood that, at one of those levels, forced labour will occur.
This is why tiscreport.org is so important – large companies who sign up agree to full transparency on the measures they are taking to ensure there is no modern slavery within not just their own organisations but also their supply chains. As the Green Party candidate for Mayor of Bristol I fully support tiscreport.org in their efforts to eradicate slavery from the labour force. If elected I will make sure that suppliers to Bristol City Council submit their statements to tiscreport.org as part of their procurement requirements. In addition, if elected, I will also work to ensure that such efforts to combat slavery by supply chain transparency and by law enforcement are also accompanied by the provision of support to the victims of modern slavery." Tony Dyer, Green Party Mayoral Candidate, City of Bristol
"I am pleased to pledge my support to ensure that if I am elected as mayor of Bristol, Bristol City Council suppliers above the Modern Slavery Act threshold [£36M] will be asked to submit their Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking statements through tiscreport.org." Charles Lucas, Conservative Party Mayoral Candidate, City of Bristol