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By Prospect Team  

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for businesses. As they struggle to remain profitable, they also face the imperative of becoming more sustainable and preventing exploitation within their operations, including in their supply chains.

The pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities within the global economy and seen increased calls to strengthen legislation holding even small businesses to account for supply chain compliance.

The current legislation requires business with an annual turnover of £36m to submit a statement outlining the steps they take to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains. Industry groups and businesses, including ASOS, have called on the UK government to introduce tighter legislation to hold businesses and leaders to account if they fail to do enough to stop human rights abuses, and while the UK Government has announced measures to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act, other countries are already going further.

At this webinar, Prospect and The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law welcomed Baroness Lola Young, Co-Chair of the APPG for Ethics & Sustainability in Fashion, and Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS, to discuss the industry’s role in human rights.

The event was moderated by Harriet Territt, a partner at Jones Day.

This discussion was kindly supported by the Jones Day Foundation.

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