The number of potential victims of labour exploitation referred as part of the framework set up to identify victims of modern slavery in the UK increased by 33 per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to analysis of National Crime Agency data by Kroll, the risk mitigation specialist.
Lack of trust and transparency as a result of ideological and military conflicts are undermining the international supply chains, according to the CIPS Risk Index for the first quarter of 2017.
2017 is likely to see further threats of cargo theft and drug smuggling in the Americas and Europe, protests over wage and other labour issues across Asia, and persistent risks of terrorism, including terrorist targeting of the supply chain.
BSI’s Trafficking and Supply Chain Slavery Index has found that China, which supplies 18 per cent of yearly construction materials to the UK, is the highest risk source of modern day slavery for Britain.
Extending supply chains to take advantage of the rapidly growing economies of the Far East, has also extended the range of supply chain risks that organisations have to manage. And building resilience in to the supply chain is a complex process.