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Advancing beyond legislation to tackle modern slavery

Robin Singh ( Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management within Group Legal Affairs for the Abu Dhabi Government – Healthcare Sector, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

More than 40 million people across the world are modern slaves, according to the United Nations.[1] In the US, 403,000 people continue to live in modern slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index.[2] Many of these victims are subject to debt bondage, forced labor, and human trafficking. As complex global supply chains allow forced labor and trafficking to thrive, many businesses are unwitting partners in the crime.

While there is a growing body of legislation addressing modern slavery, it is also of paramount importance for businesses to focus on developing policies to mitigate the risks of modern slavery. In this article, we will first review recent legislation and then discuss steps that companies can take to proactively mitigate the risks of modern slavery.

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