Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th July 2020.

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Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to work with representatives of industrial sectors to identify the source of raw material in garments to tackle social and environmental abuses in supply chains.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

UK listed companies are required to report on social and environmental impacts material to their business, including information about supply chains, where this is necessary for an understanding of the business as part of their annual reports. Separately, the Modern Slavery Act specifically requires UK large businesses to publish transparency in supply chains statements in a prominent place on their website.

The Government looks to businesses to be open and transparent in responding to consumers’ interest in where and how the products they source have been manufactured, including the use of raw materials.

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