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Scotland Against Modern Slavery (SAMS) which focuses on the elimination of modern slavery and human trafficking has announced a series of webinars to help Scottish businesses tackle the issue in their supply chains.

Businesses in Scotland have supply chains, and often operations, which span the globe.  The International Labour Organisation believes that 63 per cent of forced labour happens in the private economy, which accounts for 16 million of the 28 million men, women, and children in forced labour.

The stats don’t lie and this issue is not going away…

In Scotland alone, 765 referrals were made to Police Scotland as potential victims of human trafficking last year – the highest number since records began. This is up from 600 in 2022.

Human rights and supply chain expert, Elaine Mitchel-Hill, has engaged with SAMS to develop and deliver a Human Rights in Supply Chain Accelerator Series on a pro-bono basis.

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She says: “The introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act in 2016 has had limited impact on tackling human rights abuses by corporations, and there are moves to review and address these, including the recent Commercial and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill put forward by Baroness Young of Hornsey.

“Global environmental and human rights due diligence legislation is moving apace, signalled most recently by the passing of the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. 

“The truth is that many businesses still do not know where human rights risks lie. Nor do they know where to begin to find out where risks lie. Too many have their heads buried in a ‘compliance’ only approach. 

“Still more are not significantly motivated by potential prosecutions and fines – although this is changing.  This accelerator series is a great opportunity to engage with global experts to learn and to share.”

Slavery is a global issue so listening to and learning from our international partners will be invaluable in our efforts to help ensure compliance, eliminate modern slavery, and support human rights.

Shan Saba, director at Brightwork and a founder of SAMS, adds: “The stats don’t lie and this issue is not going away so we hope as many people as possible sign up to the SAMS Human Rights in Supply Chain Accelerator Series to learn more and thereby improve the situation.

“Slavery is a global issue so listening to and learning from our international partners will be invaluable in our efforts to help ensure compliance, eliminate modern slavery, and support human rights.

“Since its inception, SAMS has brought together the Scottish Government with over 56 businesses, charities, and NGOs, with the core aims of raising awareness of the problem, supporting survivors into positive employment opportunities and protecting vulnerable communities from exploitation.  

“All areas of Scotland have reported cases of human trafficking – anyone can be susceptible, and it is happening in our towns, cities and rural communities, as well as in our global supply chains.”

To sign up to the SAMS Human Rights in Supply Chain Accelerator Series register at https://humanrightsinsupplychainacceleratorseries.eventbrite.co.uk/

The SAMS Human Rights in Supply Chain Accelerator Series of seminars will cover:

  • Session 1 Identifying modern slavery risk in your supply chains – practical ‘how to’ steps (29th May)
  • Session 2 Implementing the UN Guiding Principles; protect, respect and remedy framework (26th June)
  • Session 3 Difficult supply chains and how to take action; focus on renewable energy (11th September)
  • Session 4 Capital Market Actors and the potential to address modern slavery (31st October)

For more information, visit www.scotlandagainstmodernslavery.co.uk.

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