In a huge step forward in eradicating modern slavery in supply chains, the 2022 Health and Care Act bans the NHS from buying goods produced by forced labour.
This follows a campaign by anti-slavery and human rights organisations, including Unseen, which was led by the charity Arise.
This legislation is the biggest step in removing forced labour from supply chains since the Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
It comes after Britain bought billions of pounds of PPE protective health equipment during the Covid pandemic, some of which was allegedly made using forced labour from the Uyghur population in China.
A big thanks to all Unseen’s supporters who make our work possible – and to those who signed the petition to include this forced labour amendment in the new act.
Unseen supports businesses to understand the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, and what to do about it. Find out more about our Business Services.