A recent study has found that 75% of UK hospitality businesses were flouting anti-slavery legislation, warning that major hotels in Britain are failing to protect workers from exploitation. The UK implemented the world’s first Modern Slavery Act in 2015, requiring large companies to declare actions they have taken to identify and root out slavery from their operations. However more than two-thirds of large hotel companies, based on a sample of 71 major hospitality firms, have not disclosed any information about the risk of slavery in their supply chains, according to human rights group Walk Free. The hotel sector faces challenges from complex supply chains, forced and seasonal labour and sub-contacted workers, increasing the risk of modern slavery. Walk Free calls for more commitment by hotels to do the right thing to help recognise and respond to signs of problems.
Major UK hotels found failing to combat threat of modern slavery
Nov 29, 2019