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Asos to host modern slavery event at House of Lords

Asos is co-hosting an event at the House of Lords with Baroness Lola Young today to identify and address risks in the clothing sector.

Young is co-chair all party parliamentary group on ethics and sustainability in fashion.

The meeting, set to be attended by senior representatives from brands and retailers including Missguided, New Look, French Connection, Lipsy, Perry Ellis, Jack Wills, Selfridges, Burberry and Debenhams, will see Asos share modern slavery risks in key sourcing regions and seek a commitment from attendees to increase transparency and build capability to tackle the issue.

Speakers at the event alongside Young include Asos CEO Nick Beighton, River Island CEO Ben Lewis and Klara Skrivankova, senior private sector advisor at Anti-Slavery International.

Beighton said: “A lack of transparency in the supply chain can lead to issues like poor working conditions and genuine business risk. It’s only by working together, sharing experiences and committing to common goals that we can truly tackle modern slavery.”

Young added: “Exploitative, forced and child labour is bigger than any single company so it’s hugely encouraging to see competitive businesses recognising the role they can play in addressing the labour abuses that are sadly still so prevalent in fashion manufacturing around the world.”

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