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FLEX launches corporate accountability initiative

January 23, 2015

Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) is today holding an expert round table to launch its Corporate Accountability Database of national laws and regulations to address human trafficking and forced labour in supply chains. The database will assist campaigners and consumers to ensure companies are held to account for commitments to transparency in supply chains.

Commenting on the launch, Claire Falconer, FLEX Legal Director, said:

“Ensuring effective transparency in supply chains, as set out in this Government’s Modern Slavery Bill, requires strong laws and regulations in countries in which companies are operating. This database provides a clear picture of companies legal and regulatory obligations. Knowledge is key to real transparency and accountability in supply chains.”

This project comes as the Modern Slavery Bill is discussed in Parliament, which includes a provision on transparency in supply chains. FLEX is urging the Government to include additional measures in the Bill that are enforceable, comparable and genuinely transparent. The Corporate Accountability Database will assist similar efforts around the world, by providing models for regulating corporate accountability.