On Wednesday 18th July 2018, Dr Ellie Gore from the Global Business of Forced Labour team participated in a panel event in the House of Lords, organised by Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) and hosted by Baroness Lola Young.
The ‘Seeing through transparency’ event marked the launch of FLEX’s new blueprint for worker-centred corporate accountability and offered an opportunity to discuss corporate accountability as a tool for combating and preventing modern slavery in supply chains.
Chaired by Linn Aakvik, Programme Manager at FLEX, the panel comprised four other presenters, Gemma Freedman from UNISON, Mark Heath from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, Peter Andrews from the British Retail Consortium, and Caroline Robinson, Director of FLEX.
Ellie presented key findings from the Global Business of Forced Labour project and set out some recommendations for UK policymakers. The event was well attended with a lively question and answer session that covered topics such as strengthening the Modern Slavery Act, the changing character of global supply chains, and the business models of forced labour in the global economy. The event finished with closing remarks and reflections from Baroness Young.