Around £14bn of UK products are imported through “dubious supply chains”, according to specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp.
The firm’s recent study in UK businesses and their contribution to the slave trade come after recent allegations againt
In the UK, the products most at risk of enabling modern slavery, based on total import value in 2019, are clothing and accessories, electronics (valued at £6bn), fish (£364 million), coffee and cocoa (£660m), rice (£134m) and tobacco (£19.5m).
According to recent figures, only 29% of UK companies know the details of their supply chain, having submitted a Modern Slavery statement in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Some of the companies that are considered to have done well in monitoring their supply chain effectively are Marks and Spencer, which scored 78% out of 100 in the 2018 assessment of transparency and modern slavery statements by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
Other companies such as Morrisons (62%), Diageo (62%), Sainsburys (61%), Tesco (60%), Burberry (59%) and Unilever (57%) also scored well in this aspect.