Submission to BEIS Committee consultation on forced labour in UK value chains

This submission has been submitted in parallel with and to complement our written submission with peer members of the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, and intends to provide more information to the BEIS Select Committee on the below key issues highlighted by the Committee:

● The mechanisms in place, including company audit and monitoring, to ensure goods, materials
and services are not imported to the UK which are the product of forced labour;
● The effectiveness of the audit system and its ability to identify the presence of businesses
within value chains which make use of forced labour;
● The Government’s position regarding the risks of sourcing from XUAR and contracting with the companies with strong links to the region;
● The advice provided to British businesses by Government to help assess risk, ensure
compliance, and avoid engaging value chains which rely on forced labour.

We argue that existing law and policy to hold companies to account for human rights abuses in the Uyghur Region, and that the Government must introduce a a smart-mix of legislative and policy measures to ensure goods, materials and services are not imported to the UK or sold in the UK market which are the product of forced labour.

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