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Tackling modern day slavery
At Lidl UK, we operate with a fundamental respect for the rights of the people we interact with, whether they be our own direct employees, contract workers or people employed throughout our supply chains.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that at least 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour. It is regarded as the fastest growing criminal industry and has been identified across multiple private sector economies, from construction and manufacturing to agriculture and fishing. Victims of slavery are often hidden within complex supply chains, controlled and threatened by criminal perpetrators, making their plight challenging to both identify and effectively remediate.
Due to the wide-scale, undercover nature of modern slavery we recognise that a collaborative approach is essential to effectively eradicating the issue. In 2016, we joined Stronger Together, a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to tackling modern slavery across both UK and global supply chains. Stronger Together provides access to best practice resources and toolkits, specialist training workshops and the opportunity for us to collaborate with the industry on high risk areas and policy positions. All of our first tier suppliers are attending Stronger Together training to ensure they are supported to spot the signs of modern slavery in their supply chains.