Hotels still failing on slavery

Hotels are failing to protect employees, agency workers, and workers in supply chains from forced labour and sexual exploitation.

This is the conclusion from a new report from the Minderoo Foundation, assessing 71 hotel companies. In fact, the report has found that only a quarter of UK hotels meet the minimum requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act.

The vast majority of hotel companies, 76 per cent, failed to disclose any information on how they check and address risks to workers in their supply chains. And, only 13 per cent of companies reported specific policies to prevent the sexual exploitation of workers- another requirement of the Act.

The report – produced by Walk Free, an initiative of the Minderoo Foundation, in partnership with WikiRate, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and Australian National University – shows an alarming lack of effort to tackle modern slavery and calls on the UK Government to show leadership and enforce the Act against non-compliant companies and lays out practical steps for hotels to improve their anti-slavery efforts.

Walk Free CEO Jenn Morris said: “Despite the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act four years ago, this report shows hotels are failing to meet the legal reporting requirements, let alone moving beyond compliance to protect against modern slavery risks.”

The full report can be found here.

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