UK businesses overseas: stopping the abuse of vulnerable workers

By: Liz May, head of policy and advocacy, Traidcraft
Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:58 GMT

Our fair trade organisation, Traidcraft, has just launched its Justice Campaign. The campaign is calling for the next British government to put in place mechanisms to hold UK businesses operating in developing countries to account for any harm they cause abroad.

Since 2008, human rights violations around the world have risen 70 per cent. This disturbing figure comes from Maplecroft’s Human Rights Atlas. Business-related human rights abuses include the forced displacement of rural and indigenous communities from their land, and exploiting trafficked workers and modern day slaves to fulfil the demand for reduced labour costs.

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