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Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2016 | Modern Slavery

#AntiSlaveryDay18th October 2016 marked Anti-Slavery Day in the UK.

Now in its sixth year, Anti-Slavery Day aims to raise awareness of modern slavery issues and inspire businesses, and other stakeholders, to eradicate it in all of its forms, including forced labour, exploitation and human trafficking. Globally, over 35 million people are believed to be subject to modern slavery. Of this number, an estimated 21 million people are in forced labour.

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Sectors at high risk of having modern slavery in their supply chain include retail, textile and leather processing, garment and apparel manufacture.

From October 2015 the Modern Slavery Act creates a legal requirement for companies with an annual turnover in excess of £36 million to disclose information about modern slavery in their supply chain. Various stakeholders, including customers and investors, are likely to be concerned by issues around modern slavery. Moreover, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will undoubtedly be scrutinising company policy and practice.

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Gold LWG Award for Skinprints International

Skinprints International have been audited by BLC against the Leather Working Group (LWG) environmental auditing protocol and has achieved a Gold rating.

Click here to view other companies audited by BLC who have achieved LWG ratings.

The environmental auditing protocol and reporting mechanism have been developed and refined during each phase of the project in conjunction with the brand, tanner and supplier members. The protocol is seen as a dynamic improvement tool and is regularly reviewed by the members of the LWG to ensure that it is both challenging but realistic and achievable. It aims to tackle important topical issues, and reflect improvements or changes of technology within the sector. The program has seen up to a 30% reduction in water and energy savings.

For further information about the LWG, including members and all LWG rated tanneries visit www.leatherworkinggroup.com

Bronze LWG Award for Yong Shin Leather Co

Yong Shin Leather Co have been audited by BLC against the Leather Working Group (LWG) environmental auditing protocol and has achieved a Bronze rating.

Click here to view other companies audited by BLC who have achieved LWG ratings.

The environmental auditing protocol and reporting mechanism have been developed and refined during each phase of the project in conjunction with the brand, tanner and supplier members. The protocol is seen as a dynamic improvement tool and is regularly reviewed by the members of the LWG to ensure that it is both challenging but realistic and achievable. It aims to tackle important topical issues, and reflect improvements or changes of technology within the sector. The program has seen up to a 30% reduction in water and energy savings.

For further information about the LWG, including members and all LWG rated tanneries visit www.leatherworkinggroup.com

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