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Businesses without modern slavery statements to be named

Businesses which fail to disclose their strategies for tackling modern slavery in their supply chain risk being publicly named by The Home Office.

Section 54 The Modern Slavery Act 2015 includes a requirement for businesses with a turnover of more than £36m to publish an annual statement. However, as previously reported by Drapers, compliance has been poor.

The Home Office is now writing to chief executives of 17,000 business warning that failure to comply could risk them being named as being in breach of the law.

Asos, Burberry Group, Stella McCartney and Ted Baker are amongst the estimated 60% of companies to have published a statement.

Minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability, Victoria Atkins said: “Some business are leading the way, but too many are still failing to meet their basic legal obligations.”

“It is horrible to think some of the goods and services we buy could have been produced by someone forced into modern slavery, and as global leaders in the fight against modern slavery, we will not tolerate it.”

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