Our ‘Bright Future’ programme.
Offering employment to survivors of modern slavery.
Our goal is to offer at least 30 people, who have been rescued from slavery, the opportunity of a paid work placement and a job in our food business.
What is modern slavery?
The UK Government defines modern slavery as including slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.
Is it a problem in the UK?
There are more people in slavery than ever before. In 2016 there were 3,805 potential victims recorded in the UK.
Victims need support to rebuild their lives. Central to this is the dignity that paid, freely-chosen employment provides.
Without this there is a chance that they could fall back into the hands of those who would exploit them.
What is the Co-op doing about it?
In 2016 we formed a partnership with the charity City Hearts to develop our ‘Bright Future’ programme. Bright Future provides a pathway to paid employment for survivors of modern slavery.
In 2017 our goal is to offer at least 30 people who have been rescued from slavery the opportunity of a paid work placement. We will also be campaigning for UK businesses to do more.
Bright Future is a new approach, the first time a major UK business has offered work placements to survivors of modern slavery.
The people we’re working with have been through terrible ordeals and we want to make sure that what we’re doing is right for them and makes a difference to their lives - but is also sustainable.
We will share our learning with other businesses later in 2017.
Is modern slavery in Co-op supply chains?
We’re doing everything we can to make sure that slavery has no part in our supply chains. To achieve this we’ve put in place strong policies and we’re making sure they’re rigorously enforced.
What can you do?
We want members to ask questions of every business they buy from about what has been done to seek out and prevent modern slavery in their supply chains.
If everyone knows about modern slavery, the better chance we have of preventing it – both in the UK and overseas. You can visit the modern slavery helpline page to learn more.
If you have a concern that you think could be modern slavery, contact the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. Your call will be dealt with confidentially. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers to report a crime anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Eligible members can vote on the modern slavery motion at the 2017 AGM
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