Supply Management magazine relaunches with campaign to end UK slavery

Supply Management, the official magazine of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply trade body, has relaunched with a campaign to end slavery in the supply chain.

The revamped Supply Management magazine has been given a new look
The revamped Supply Management magazine has been given a new look

The magazine, published by Haymarket, reports on government findings that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 slaves in the UK, with 233 labour abuse convictions last year.

Today’s relaunch comes after the CIPS contracted Haymarket Media Group as its global supplier of media, including a print magazine, web site, and social media. HMG has also been tasked with managing the CIPS international portfolio of conferences and awards events.

The revamped Supply Management magazine has been given a new look, as has the brand’s web site, email bulletins, jobs board, and an insights platform – all channels which will be used to promote the anti-slavery campaign. 

A CIPS survey of procurement and supply chain professions revealed that one fifth of large UK businesses are not aware of their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act, which came into force in October 2015.

Of those surveyed, only 27 per cent said they could be certain of no slavery in their supply chain; 52 per cent of buyers said they would not know what to do if they did identify forced labour abuse. 

Andrew Wallis, the chief executive of anti-slavery non-governmental organisation Unseen, whose work paved the way for the Act, said: "Bollocks to PR. Just hold your hands up, accept you’ve got a problem and focus on what you’re going to do about it." 

The Act requires companies with more than £36 million turnover to publish a statement online detailing what they are doing to tackle slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain.

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler, the editor of Supply Management, said: "Every single consumer could be complicit in encouraging modern slavery. Then, it's no stretch to imagine most companies are unwittingly supporting this menace somewhere in their supply chain.

"It's a hideously complicated problem that is difficult to uncover, and immensely challenging to tackle once discovered. That's why, with this re-vamped, re-launched issue of Supply Management, we are backing CIPS' campaign to raise awareness and help the procurement and supply profession play a pivotal part in eliminating this evil."

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