We’ve teamed up with award winning charity Unseen to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery across the labour and supply chain industries.

The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of modern slavery in businesses who rely on high volume recruitment. The objective is to break down the taboos and ensure that everyone across our industry is aware of how to spot the signs, report suspicions and stamp out modern slavery.

We want to influence our peers to be more responsible, more transparent and to tackle modern slavery head on. Businesses need to realise that identifying modern slavery demonstrates that their strategy for change is working. Modern slavery isn’t a taboo it’s a serious issue which needs to end.

The Be Seen, Be Heard message is simple;

We want awareness to replace ignorance – modern slavery needs to BE SEEN, so we’ve produced a range of official high visibility merchandise printed with the modern slavery helpline number. By promoting the helpline we can give people the confidence to report suspicious activity, and support victims in finding the strength to come forward and have a voice. We need to ensure that everyone has a platform to BE HEARD.

As part of the ‘Be Seen, Be Heard’ movement;

  • We have released a briefing document, which sets the scene and outlines why our industry is at risk and what we can do to help. View the document here
  • We will encourage our workforce, competitors, suppliers and clients to wear high visibility wear emblazoned with Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline number. 10% of all orders will be donated to Unseen. Download the order form.
  • We will host a roundtable discussion in September, which will include a guest speaker from Unseen. Register your interest here.

Jamie Reynolds, Managing Director, PMP Recruitment, said: “Modern day slavery is the fastest growing international crime and is estimated to affect over 40 million victims globally, of which 21 million are victims of forced labour. It is our ambition to have workforces up and down the UK to proudly wear these very special high visibility jackets. Not only do they encourage people to use the Helpline number, but they also promote the message that any form of human trafficking or forced labour is completely unacceptable.”

Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of Unseen UK, said: “Unseen is incredibly proud to join forces with PMP Recruitment in our shared mission to tackle modern slavery. By raising awareness of the Modern Slavery Helpline, the campaign will directly impact the lives of those who are being exploited, helping them to escape their situation and regain their independence. I am impressed by PMP’s genuine commitment to increasing understanding of forced labour in the sector and it’s great to see them encouraging others to follow suit.”

Key date to remember; the 18th October, Anti-Slavery Day.

On the 18th we’re asking people to take photos of themselves wearing the official Be Seen, Be Heard branded merchandise and post them to social media using #beseenbeheard.

Taking part shows your commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships so let’s work together to help victims of modern slavery #beseenbeheard!