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Arco Supports Survivors of Modern-Day Slavery Through New Charity Partnership

02 December 2021

The United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2nd December, serves to remind us of the past and raise awareness of modern forms of slavery. With a core purpose of keeping people safe at work, Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, is committed to making a difference in eradicating modern slavery and has announced its partnership with Bright Future, a charity that supports survivors of this global issue by providing access to employment to give a safer future.

Bright Future was a partnership first created between the Co-Operative Group and City Hearts, a charity that specialises in supporting survivors of modern slavery.

Modern slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 40+ million people around the world. It’s a growing issue, affecting men, women and children. As one of the first companies in its sector to join the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Arco is committed to managing a truly ethical supply chain that is fully compliant with the ETI Base Code. In addition to being members of the ETI, Arco undertakes regular inspections and audits of both its UK operations, to ensure compliance with its Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement, and of its vendors and supply chains around the world.

As a business member of Bright Future, Arco has committed funding to support the ongoing work of Bright Future and provide Bright Future candidates with four-week paid placements, with the opportunity for permanent employment. The placements give candidates the opportunity to experience working at Arco with support by mentors and training.

David Evison, Managing Director at Arco, said:

"Arco is proud to become members of the Bright Future initiative and to provide access to employment for those who have survived modern slavery.

"Arco shares the values of the Co-Operative Group and of City Hearts when it comes to eradicating modern slavery and supporting those who have survived it to live in freedom and dignity and to be supported along the pathway back to paid employment."