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The National Crime Agency revealed a 10-fold increase in the number of suspected modern slavery cases in 2018 across UK local authorities. The EU is actively pursuing policies to ensure better procurement decisions are made by businesses and the European Parliament is looking at EU-level rules on how public procurement can contribute to better functioning purchasing practices. “The UK is currently seeing the first convictions from the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, and the establishment of the office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has been a key lead in the UK effort to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. But what role will the United Kingdom take on socially-responsible procurement and how can businesses join in the mission to prevent modern day slavery in global supply chains? writes Supply Chain Digital – read that here.

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