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Top companies slammed for “complacency” over slavery reporting

Neil Hodge | November 28, 2017

Some of the world’s top brands—including confectioners, jewellers, and cosmetics giants—are failing to disclose slavery and trafficking risks that might be present in their operations and supply chains, according to a report by a U.K.-based human rights campaign group.

The report from the CORE Coalition, called Risk Averse: Company Reporting on raw material and sector-specific risks under the Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, suggests that—based on a sample of 50 statements—top companies are not providing enough detail, and are not being fully transparent, about known risks of modern slavery in their supply chains.

While some 45 of the 50 companies covered in the CORE report have published stand-alone statements, almost two-thirds of them do not make reference to specific risks of slavery and trafficking in their...

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