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The research polled 3,406 consumers, business leaders and supply chain professionals. It revealed a disconnect – company leaders were twice as likely as purchasing managers to say their chains were transparent.
It has been 18 months since supermarkets were found to be selling “beef” that included horse meat. Although the government’s Elliot Review into the scandal is expected in the coming weeks, half of supply-chain professionals say the scandal has not led to risks being taken more seriously.
Mr Noble said that if the slavery bill passing through parliament is “to have a chance of eliminating slavery from the British supply chain and we are to avoid repetition of the horse meat scandal, then we must empower procurement professionals”.
Cips says there has been rapid growth in corruption, and human rights abuses since the financial crisis.
John Manners-Bell of the consultancy Transport Intelligence said that “many manufacturers and retailers believe that when they outsource the production of their goods to remote suppliers, often based in emerging markets where there are fewer regulations, they outsource the moral responsibility for the conditions in which these goods are manufactured.”
Incidents like last year’s Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, in which 1,200 people were killed when the clothes factory they were working in collapsed, highlighted the reputational risks to business, he said.