Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)

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Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) works to end human trafficking for labour exploitation.

FLEX works to prevent labour abuses, protect the rights of trafficked persons and promote best practice responses to human trafficking for labour exploitation by undertaking research, advocacy and by building awareness in this field.

In 2017 FLEX undertook focused research across three UK labour sectors – construction, bakeries and fishing – examining the vulnerabilities of migrant workers to human trafficking for labour exploitation. The report is a roadmap to prevent exploitation through three key steps: enforcing labour rights at work; ensuring workers can report abuse and access information; and leading the fight to drive exploitation out of company supply chains.

New Report Finds Modern Slavery Reporting Laws and Practices Don’t Go Far Enough to Protect Workers. 27 March 2019.

A new report by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) finds that modern slavery reporting requirements around the world currently fail to adequately prevent forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains. The report Full Disclosure: Toward Better Modern Slavery Reporting recommends actions for governments to improve modern slavery laws and consider alternative regulatory options, and for companies to improve reporting practices in order to identify, address, and prevent instances of modern slavery. The report assesses the effectiveness of current modern slavery reporting laws around the world, including California’s 2010 Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, and Australia’s Modern Slavery Act of 2018. It makes recommendations to improve modern slavery laws, and recommends ultimately moving toward mandatory human rights due diligence legislation to generate more meaningful improvements for right-holders. It also outlines better practices for company human rights disclosures.

Significance for seafood businesses: 

Not seafood-specific, but useful for awareness as an organisation working to support the industry, and improve governance, safety and welfare within the global seafood industry.


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