Jenny Willott urges retailers to help end supply chain abuses

June 26, 2014 11:28 AM

Jenny Willott MP at tesco

Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central and Employment Relations Minister, has announced that she has asked the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to produce recommendations on the steps that retailers can take to help eradicate human rights abuses in their supply chains.

The BRC has agreed to work with its members to produce guidance. As Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs Jenny Willott has taken the lead on encouraging corporate social responsibility and supply chain transparency.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"Following the disaster last year at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, and scandals involving horsemeat and prawns, there is clear consumer demand for companies to be more open about their suppliers and sources.

"Our polling shows that shoppers take ethics seriously when deciding what to buy and from where.

"The Liberal Democrats in Government have put these issues at the top of the agenda. British businesses can have a huge influence on the society around them and overseas their efforts are equally vital.

"The BRC work will now bring advice for retailers together in one place and help to drive up standards. It is essential that corporate social responsibility is at the forefront of every company's business strategy. The Government is committed to supporting responsible business both across the UK and abroad."

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