In recent months, we have teamed up with a number of human rights and anti-slavery groups to lobby hard around the Modern Slavery Bill on transparency in supply chains.
To support the campaign we’re organising a social media push ahead of the critical committee hearing in the Lords on Wednesday 10 December 2014. We are calling on all friends and supporters who have a twitter account to send a tweet or more to help us demonstrate the breadth of support for this call.
Introduction: On December 8th a coalition of corporate accountability and anti-slavery organisations are organising a day of social media to increase pressure on the government to introduce meaningful amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill. We are asking groups who support our demands to join us in tweeting [and other social media] at No 10 on December 8th ahead of the Lords Committee stage [on the 10th].
Who’s involved? Lots of NGOs, businesses, Lords and civil society actors have joined together to call for strong transparency. The coalition of NGOs includes:
Evangelical Alliance, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Labour Behind the Label, Walkfree
What are we calling for? We are pushing for an amendment to the Modern Slavery bill that would require large companies to report on the actions their taking to address modern slavery in their supply chains. The government has introduced an amendment to do that, but it’s currently too weak. We want the bill to:
- Set a level of £60m worldwide receipts above which companies have to report;
- Include minimum standards for what companies report on
- Ensure that there’s strong monitoring and enforcement so companies comply.
- Make reporting part of the company directors’ report to ensure companies take it seriously at the highest levels.
Why December 8th? The bill is currently going through committee stage in the House of Lords – and we expect the amendments we support to be discussed on Wednesday 10th December. This is a crucial stage where the government will decide whether it will improve the bill or not. Cross party Lords, with support from across the house, have tabled amendments to give the government the opportunity to do just that. It’s the best [but not the only] chance to get the bill improved.
What can you do? We would like as many organisations and their supporters to copy [or adapt] our suggested tweets and tweet @Number10gov.
How does it work? In order to have as much coherence as possible between all the tweets we’d like everyone who tweets to use the hashtag #modernslavery and also to target @Number10gov – this will we think give us the best chance of making an impression.You can choose from our list of suggested tweets below or adapt to suit your organisations. We’ve also included a number of suggested hashtags that you can use.
What Happens After? After the Committee discusses the amendment we’ll be looking to see what reaction the government makes and assess our next steps. We’ve currently scheduled some activism towards MPs in early January for when the bill returns to the commons and we’ll also be doing some media outreach for early January so please let us know if you’d like to be involved.
Where can you get more information? There is a briefing on our website which sets out in more detail what we’re calling for in the Bill. You can read it here
Hashtags and suggested tweets for the campaign (in order of importance)
Please always include #ModernSlavery and remember to tweet @Number10gov
Other suggested Hashtags:
http://bit.ly/TISCHoL – link to the briefing about the bill you might want to include in the tweets.
1/2 Today, together with @waronwant @cafod @unseenorg @Anti_Slavery @corecoalition @dfnuk @ejfoundation @BritishQuakers @labourlabel
2/2 & @traidcraft @FocusOnLabour we’re tweeting at @Number10gov to strengthen the #modernslavery bill – Please RT http://bit.ly/TISCHoL
21m in #forcedlabour worldwide– every person is one too many #supplychains #modernslavery @Number10gov
3 in 1000 people worldwide live in #forcedlabour Time to tackle #supplychains @Number10gov http://bit.ly/TISCHoL #ModernSlavery
Large #UK companies must publicly disclose efforts to tackle #ForcedLabour in #SupplyChains #ModernSlavery @Number10gov
Forced labour generates £100bn/yr worldwide. Stop UK businesses profiting from this shocking crime #SupplyChains @Number10gov #modernslavery
UK companies whose worldwide receipts exceed £60m must report on #SupplyChains #ForcedLabour #ModernSlavery @Number10gov
UK companies must report on efforts to tackle #ForcedLabour in #SupplyChains #ModernSlavery @Number10gov
STOP slavery in global #SupplyChains #ModernSlavery @Number10gov
Do you know who produced your clothes? #ForcedLabour #SupplyChains #ModernSlavery @Number10gov
Mr Cameron, to lead the world on eradicating #ModernSlavery, we need tough measures on #SupplyChains @Number10gov
Many UK companies profit from #ForcedLabour in global #SupplyChains. @Number10gov ACT NOW