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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.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fifth Report - Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains
Inquiry Forced labour in UK value chains
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
HC 1272
Report
Response to this report
Letter from the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets relating to the Committee's report on Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains
Correspondence
Response to this report
Third Special Report - Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2019–21
HC 241
Special Report
Third Special Report - Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and UK value chains: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2019–21
Inquiry Forced labour in UK value chains
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
HC 241
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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5 November 2020
Inquiry Forced labour in UK value chains
Witnesses H&M Group, H&M Group, Maajid Nawaz (Founder at Quilliam International), TikTok, Nike, VF Corporation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Oral Evidence
FL0031 - Forced labour in UK value chains
Witnesses Paul Scully MP (Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Written Evidence
FL0032 - Forced labour in UK value chains
Witnesses TikTok
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Written Evidence
FL0033 - Forced labour in UK value chains
Witnesses Marks and Spencer
Committees Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Written Evidence

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