A recently published investor guide and policy brief on green technology supply chains found that more proactive strategies are needed to keep forced labor out of the supply chain in the U.K., reports The Independent. The report also highlighted that any actions taken to try and eliminate complicity in Uyghur forced labor continue to fail due to a lack of coordinated international governmental collaboration.
Human rights risks with any materials sourced or produced in the Uyghur region
Production or material sourcing for much of the green technology on the market is reliant on the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China which means supply chains are tainted by Uyghur forced labor. The report by Anti-Slavery International, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, and the Investor Alliance for Human Rights states that more effective and proactive strategies from business leaders and ministers are needed to address systemic forced labor risks.
Jakub Sobik from the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre states,
The global efforts to address climate change and move to clean energy should not come at the expense of increasing the risks of people being exploited.