Under Britain's Modern Slavery Act, companies operating in the UK with a turnover of 36 million pounds ( million) or more, must - for the first time - disclose what they have done to ensure slave labour is not in their supply chains.
But since it has been implemented, the initial company statements have been lacklustre.
Then there's the message from retailers who every year move the starting blocks further forward to gain an advantage over their competitors. Another insists that Christmas should emphasise sharing, through the giving and receiving of presents. The reality of "Christmas present" is that many of our gifts will have been produced by people in other countries.
SIR – Modern-day slavery and human trafficking are urgent challenges facing Britain, with several thousand people trapped in slavery now. According to the International Labour Organisation, modern slavery is an illicit trade worth at least £96 billion per year that exploits 21 million people globally.
We are pleased that the Government has promised action and that the Modern Slavery Bill, currently before Parliament, includes a new requirement for businesses to report on slavery and forced labour in their supply chains. But this provision must be strengthened if it is to drive real change in company supply chains. That is why we are supporting a cross-party amendment to the Bill, which would make the law clearer on what information companies need to publish.
Since 2008, there has been an unprecedented rise in human rights violations globally, up 70% according to a new report. Workers’ rights are seriously compromised and rural and indigenous communities are facing land grabs and forced displacement amid growing demand for low-cost labour and resources, according to the 2014 Human Rights Risk Atlas published by risks analytics firm Maplecroft.
The documents, obtained by the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) and Amnesty International, show the closeness of the relationship between the multinational corporations and UK government departments.