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.
Italy was also found to be high risk – 6.4 per cent of the total £13.82 billion of construction materials were imported to the UK from Italy.
The BSI Index covers 191 source countries and 193 destination countries. Every combination of countries has been ranked from low to severe based on risk score.
Chris McCann, principal consultant, supply chain services and solutions at BSI, said: “The construction industry has been identified by the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commission as one of its four core focus sectors. This Index, along with BSI’s risk management services and solutions, empowers sector organizations to focus their efforts on identifying and assessing ‘at-risk’ suppliers and to manage the risks proactively to safeguard their workforce and protect their own reputation.”