Each year, big businesses in the UK will be required to publicly state what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free, Home Office Minister Karen Bradley has said.
The measure to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill, currently going through Parliament, will be applicable to businesses regardless of the nature of a company or what it supplies.
A new report by The Salvation Army shows the number of victims referred to them for support has risen by 62%. Cases of labour exploitation have now overtaken sexual exploitation.
Ms Bradley, Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime said: “The fact that there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history is shameful. We all have a responsibility to stamp out this evil trade and this world leading measure calls on business to play their part.”