Fighting Modern Slavery Ahead of Paris Fashion Week

In the lead up to Paris Fashion Week, UK Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Minister Victoria Atkins has spoken of the need for business and government to come together to fight modern slavery.

The minister spoke at the Paris Supply Chains Conference on February 22nd, urging those in the room from government, fashion industry, textiles and civil society to join forces to eliminate modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains.

The UK is a global thought leader in the Modern Slavery arena, implementing a Modern Slavery act in 2015 to “tackle slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking.”and encouraging other countries to follow suit. The act “transformed business culture” in the UK with brands changing their policies around purchasing, supply chain management and worker rights.

“Since legislation was introduced on both sides of the channel we have seen progress made, however the scale of the challenge means that it can only be tackled by government, business and civil society working together.” She said.

Sonja Duncan