IOSH takes part in modern slavery roundtable in House of Lords
Friday 3rd March 2017
The Institution was one of a number of organisations invited to the event, which was held to discuss how transparency can best be improved and explore the issues and practicalities surrounding this.
Richard was joined by representatives of other NGOs, key stakeholders and civil society organisations. The event, held on Thursday 2 March, was chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey and Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash.
It came ahead of the second reading of a Private Members Bill, Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill', which is aimed at extending the current requirements under the Modern Slavery Act.
The second reading will be in the House of Commons on Friday 24 March. If introduced, this Bill would mean that both public bodies and commercial organisations are required to include disclosures in their annual reports and accounts. It would also require the Government to publish a list of all commercial organisations required to publish such disclosures.
Richard said: "IOSH supports improved transparency in supply chains as a way to help tackle modern slavery, drive up health and safety standards, protect vulnerable workers and reduce the global toll of work-related injury and illness.
"We're pleased to share ideas and contribute to these important discussions aimed at addressing this serious problem."
Baroness Young said: "We convened this meeting to inform and shape the House of Commons Second Reading of Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains), my Private Members' Bill.
"Organisations such as IOSH, Anti-Slavery International (ASI), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) have been at the forefront of engaging government in creating effective, robust legislation. Their support and advocacy is invaluable."