Ethics Campaign

Tackling Modern Slavery in Construction

There are an estimated 45 million enslaved people globally with modern slavery reported in 167 countries.

Last updated: 14th April 2020

We need a radically new, comprehensive approach to defeating this vile and systematic international business model at its source and in transit - and we need to flex the muscle of all parts of the UK government.

Theresa May MP, Former UK Prime Minister

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Building a Fairer System: Tackling Modern Slavery in Construction Supply Chains
The Dark Side of Construction
Construction and the Modern Slavery Act

Workers within the construction sector are at risk of abuse and exploitation as traffickers and slave masters target the vulnerable. This is modern slavery, something we cannot shy away from, and I am pleased that construction companies have started to take ownership of this issue.

Kevin Hyland OBE, UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Help us become Stronger Together

In 2017 the CIOB collaborated with Stronger Together, an industry alliance, to provide a toolkit to help construction businesses shape their response as they tackle modern slavery.

Click here for our toolkit

It’s time to get real about the challenges facing UK construction. Contrary to public perceptions, modern slavery is not confined to small illegal operators. Criminals are attracted to big business because of the greater profits that they can earn. Unscrupulous labour providers, operating in the grey area of the law, are also creating misery for thousands of British and foreign workers.

Chris Blythe OBE, Chief Executive at the CIOB