Modern Slavery Briefing – Co-operative Party

The co-operative movement is at the forefront of tackling the issue of modern slavery.

From Labour & Co-operative MPs and Peers seeking to guarantee all victims at least 12 months care and support to the Co-operative Group providing paid employment opportunities for victims, over the past year the co-operative movement has campaigned to push this issue up the agenda, and to provide practical support to its victims.

Labour & Co-operative Councillors can play their part to by signing up to the Co-operative Party’s Charter Against Modern Slavery and ensuring their supply chains don’t support modern slavery.

Councils and businesses have a number of statutory duties under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Co-operative Party’s Modern Slavery Charter goes further. It provides a framework for local authorities to ensure that none of the £50bn we collectively spend each year ends up in the pockets of traffikers.

We urge Labour & Co-operative Councillors to be at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery. Passing this charter at your next council meeting is an important step to leading the way.