Cordant is pleased to announce its registration to the Modern Slavery Helpline Business Portal which will further enhance our ability to spot the signs, raise awareness and play a part in the abolishment of labour exploitation.
Membership to the Portal will add significant value to our ongoing commitment to raising awareness of labour exploitation amongst colleagues, clients and our industry at large, whilst generating much needed funds for modern slavery charity Unseen.
As the only national resource of its kind, the Portal offers capabilities and information which cannot be matched. The portal identifies labour abuse as it occurs within supply chains and facilitates coordination between law enforcement, service providers and businesses to develop a more collaborative, and therefore more effective, approach to tackling modern slavery.
Cordant has gained unparalleled experience and insight into UK-focused labour exploitation issues. As champions in the cause for unearthing and eradicating modern slavery, we consider ourselves pioneers and an influential voice in the fight to abolish all forms of exploitation.
Justine Currell, Director the Modern Slavery and Labour Exploitation Helpline says: “Having partnered with Cordant for four years we have seen their determination to raise awareness and influence change. It’s a partnership we’re genuinely proud of!
“Collaboration between Unseen and Cordant has strengthened cooperation and generated considerable focus, attention and resource to tackling the growing issue of modern slavery. Through our combined knowledge and expertise we can continue to nurture improved compliance and demonstrate best practice throughout supply chains, workforces and customer bases”.
Jamie Reynolds, Cordant CEO said: “As a major people supplier, labour abuse and exploitation will be occurring at various points within our supply chains. Without specialist insight, it is incredibly difficult for us to have clear visibility of the issues.
“The Business Portal will give us sight of incident reports, case data, geographical mapping and other invaluable information which will strengthen our approach to tackling modern slavery. Unseen’s unparalleled experience and insight into UK-focused risks will bolster our understanding and response to labour exploitation”.
Now that the UK has officially left the EU, immigration changes are coming into force and the once legitimate employment routes for unskilled labour will soon be impossible. It’s therefore likely that exploiters will use more dangerous methods of fulfilling the demand for labour.
It is no longer a case of complying or not complying!
Cordant’s Partnership with Unseen
For the last 4 years Cordant has been proud to partner with Unseen to raise awareness of modern slavery in the high volume recruitment sector.
Based on modern slavery encounters in our own operation we recognised the importance of informing and educating our workforce to spot the signs and influence the conversation amongst peers.
Our relationship with Unseen consists of long-term, strategic projects that bring about sustainable impact as well as collaboration on fundraising and awareness generation. Our award-winning Be Seen, Be Heard initiative is testament to how a united front can give a purposeful message the reach it deserves. Cordant has also raised over £40,000 to support Unseen and trained over 3,500 colleagues to be the eyes and ears in recognising and reporting labour exploitation.
Unseen is a leading UK anti-slavery charity, operating the UK’s 24/7 Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline staffed by a team of experts. Since it’s launch, the Helpline has received over 20,000 reports of modern slavery or human trafficking within the UK and beyond. Unseen’s Helpline and business service Director Justine Currell, has extensive expertise working with businesses on modern slavery risks.
Unseen is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate proactively with Cordant on the issues of labour exploitation and abuse. Unseen works with a number of major businesses and UK retail brands and can add significant value to Cordant’s existing efforts.