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Modern Slavery

National Crime Agency figures revealed that there was a 30% increase in the number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in Wales in 2018 with 251 National Referral Mechanism referrals.

In response to the rise of potential victims of trafficking in Wales in recent years, Cardiff Council has signed a statement emphasising our commitment to stopping modern slavery.

The Modern Slavery Statement was signed by the Anti-Slavery and Ethical Employment Champion and the Chief Executive on 20th March 2019. Important features include investigating supply chains to ensure there is no involvement with modern slavery, and encouraging staff and employees of suppliers and contractors to whistleblow on unethical employment, exploitation and trafficking.

Major points of the statement:

  • Our supply chains – making sure that employment with all our suppliers and contractors is ethical.
  • Employee training to raise awareness among employees; helping them recognise signs of modern slavery and report it.
  • Duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual suspected to be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.
  • What the council has already done including being the first public body in Wales to sign the Code of Practice: Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.
  • What the council will do – an 11 point plan including reviewing procurement terms and conditions to ensure employment practices are ethical, lobbying for better victim support and campaign for collaborative Human Rights initiatives aimed at modern slavery and human trafficking​.

For more information, see the press release – ‘Tackling exploitation: Council signs Modern Slavery Statement'​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window ​​ and the full Modern Slavery Statement (607kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window  .