By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Prime Minister David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero had he ensured that a draft law to combat slavery contained provisions to prevent the “evil practice” in corporate supply chains, a senior politician said. Frank Field, who chaired a parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise the Modern Slavery Bill, said Cameron had balked at the idea of making listed companies report how they were checking their chain of suppliers for signs that any of them were using slave labour. “David Cameron was within touching distance of greatness. “He thought this would introduce an unnecessary regulatory burden on businesses.” Field said that while Cameron had been wary of alienating the business community, many big businesses would welcome such a requirement.
Source: Reuters
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