Welsh government mandates supply chain transparency on slavery

Businesses supplying public sector bodies in Wales will be required to train procurement staff in ethical employment practices and report annually on action taken to ensure supply chains are slavery free.

The government has drawn up a mandatory code of practice for public sector bodies, private companies supplying them and third-sector organisations receiving public funding. Other organisations and businesses in Wales will be encouraged to also sign the code.

The Welsh public sector spends around £6bn every year on goods, services and works involving international supply chains, according to the government.

The code will take Welsh firms beyond requirements under the Modern Slavery Act, which became law in March 2015. The act covers only businesses ...

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