Small businesses across Staffordshire are being encouraged to be more vigilant and join the fight to combat modern day slavery.
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, commissioned Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce to support the fight and encourage businesses to pledge to the Office’s awareness campaign.
Currently only businesses with a turnover exceeding £36m are required by law to ensure their supply chain is free from slavery, but all organisations can play their part, no matter how large or small.
The Chamber are working with the Voice of Hope, to deliver training and awareness across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, taking a stand against the crime.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Sue Arnold, said: ‘I know that businesses across the area are passionate about eradicating this kind of crime but awareness is the key to tackling it.
‘No matter how big or small, all businesses need to be aware of this crime and the role they play’.
Staffordshire’s Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Sara Williams, said: “We are proud to be working on this important project.
‘Modern slavery and human trafficking are abhorrent crimes that can often go unseen, and we encourage businesses of all sizes to sign up for the training, adopt the pledge and play a part in tackling this problem.
‘Ethical business is good business and at the Chambers we are making sure that the vital role local firms’ play in our communities is recognised and understood.’
Businesses are invited to a free training session and to sign up to the pledge on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, Commerce House, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent ST1 5BE. The session will run from 11.00am – 4.30pm and lunch will be provided.
To book visit www.staffordshirechambers.co.uk/events or call 01782 202222.
Previous events have been invaluable at supporting the message of modern day slavery.
Business Advisor Pete Ball said: ‘Prior to the training I was not at all aware of the extent of the issue.
‘I now most definitely feel more able to spot the signs of modern day slavery and have the relevant contact number programmed into my phone to report any concerns I have.’
Organiser Ann Graiger, from Voice of Hope, said: ‘As an organisation we want to reach out to as many organisations as possible to raise awareness of the plight so many face.
‘We are stronger together and recognising the signs of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery can only strengthen our ability to stop these horrible crimes.’
Slavery is closer than you think. It happens all over the world including the UK. Find out more at www.modernslavery.co.uk or call the helpline on 0800 0121 700.