Joint civil society response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee report: ‘Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains.’

The BEIS Committee’s report ‘Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains’ was published in March 2021. As a group of civil society organisations, we support the Committee’s conclusion that the Modern Slavery Act is not fit for purpose to ensure that companies are taking steps to address modern slavery risks in their supply chains. Current law and policy – including the Modern Slavery Act – have proved wholly inadequate to both prevent UK companies from contributing to human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or to compel companies to address human rights abuses in their broader supply chains.

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