‘We have a duty to customers to stamp out modern slavery’

Helen Dickinson

In 1785 the English poet William Cowper wrote: “We have no slaves at home.” More than 200 years later, that statement remains untrue. 

The nature of slavery may have changed, but the severe exploitation of workers for commercial gain remains. Indeed, while modern slavery may be out of sight, it is not yet out of existence.

Retailers have worked incredibly hard to prevent labour exploitation in their operations and supply chains, but there are places it persists. 

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