Modern slavery and human trafficking

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.

It takes various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

As a city of 360,000 people we have a responsibility to help combat these crimes and support victims.

Coventry City Council supports national objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role the Council has to play in both combatting it, and supporting victims.

That is why we have drawn up a modern slavery statement. It outlines Coventry City Council’s commitment to being an ethically, environmentally and socially responsible organisation.

This references a range of important policies including the way we procure goods and services and ensuring our supply chains and business activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses.

The Council’s supply chain is varied and includes individuals, SMEs and multi-national corporations. We recognise that modern slavery and human trafficking can occur anywhere in the supply chain both in the UK and internationally, and regardless of the supplier size or nature of the products or services being purchased.

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