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Forced labour in UK value chains

Inquiry

The BEIS Committee is holding an inquiry which will explore the extent to which business in the UK are exploiting the forced labour of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China.

The Committee will investigate the risks that UK based businesses face when engaging supply chains that originate in China and what more the Government can do to ensure that business and consumers in the UK do not perpetuate the forced labour of Uyghurs.

In advance of the hearing the Committee is inviting written submissions. In particular, the Committee wishes to investigate the extent to which the products of forced labour in Xinjiang are reaching the supply chains of UK businesses and to examine how aware businesses are of the risk that their activities may support forced labour.

The Committee also welcomes views on whether existing legislative and audit requirements for businesses in the UK are sufficient to prevent them from contributing to the human rights abuses experienced by Uyghurs. The Committee is also keen to understand what action stakeholders believe the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy should take to eradicate forced labour from the supply chain of goods and services sold in the UK.

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

Work news

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Government rejects series of BEIS Committee recommendations to prevent Xinjiang slave labour in UK supply chains
Committee publish Government response to their report, Uyghur forced labour in Zinjiang and UK value chains
10 June 2021
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Government should get tough on use of forced labour in Xinjiang
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee publishes report on Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains
17 March 2021
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Nusrat Ghani comments on Foreign Secretary measures on forced labour in Xinjiang
The lead member for the Forced labour in UK value chains inquiry has responded to Dominic Raab's statement on the Government’s response to the forced labour in Xinjiang.
12 January 2021
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Forced labour in UK value chains – Nusrat Ghani responds to BBC report on labour in China’s Xinjiang cotton fields
Committee member Nusrat Ghani MP comments on use of 'slave labour' in Xinjiang cotton fields in response to BBC investigation
15 December 2020
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Fashion, retail and information technology businesses to give evidence
Boohoo, H&M, TikTok, The North Face, and Nike to give evidence as part of the committee's inquiry into Forced labour in UK value chains
3 November 2020
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Business Committee demand answers from fashion, retail and tech businesses
Committee writes to fashion, retail and information technology businesses in relation to the Committee’s inquiry Forced labour in UK value chains
16 October 2020
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Committee launch inquiry into the use of forced labour in UK value chains
Inquiry will explore the extent of UK business links to supply chains involving forced labour of Uyghurs in China
18 September 2020
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Contact us

  • Email: beiscom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 8586 (General) / 020 7219 0258 (Media)
  • Address: Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA