Modern slavery is a brutal form of organised crime in which people are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain.
The International Labour Organisation (‘ILO’) states that according to the latest Global Estimates around 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021. Of these people, 28 million were in forced labour and 22 million were trapped in forced marriage.
Within the UK National Referral Mechanism (‘NRM’), these numbers are even more alarming. There were 16,938 potential victims of modern slavery referred to the Home Office in 2022, representing a 33% increase compared to the preceding year (12,706) and the highest annual number since the NRM was established in 2009.
We recognise our responsibility and the need to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. We take a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act in any part of our business or our supply chain.
You can review our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement from the link on this page.