The John Lewis Partnership is a long-term, award-winning pioneer in sustainability reporting. When the UK government introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, the Partnership characteristically wanted to go beyond compliance in how it addressed this urgent human rights issue. The law demanded a statement. We helped them create a standalone Human Rights Report.
Forced and exploitative labour is one of the hidden scandals of modern business, where complex global supply chains can obscure human rights abuses. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act (2015) makes it compulsory for large companies to prepare a statement on their efforts to ensure their supply chain is free from such abuses. The John Lewis Partnership is founded on equitable business ownership and practice, and so embraced the legislation as an opportunity to give greater visibility to this issue.