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LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS has signed the Anti-Slavery International Charter, signalling its commitment to eradicating forms on modern slavery within “the dark corners [of supply chains] where exploitation might occur”.

A statement from the e-commerce giant alludes to the partnership, dating back to 2017, that ASOS has with Anti-Slavery International, which serves as a ‘critical friend’ of the company and an advisor on modern slavery work.

“Unfortunately, as the last few months have shown, the modern slavery risks facing the global fashion industry are endemic and deep-rooted,” ASOS CEO, Nick Beighton says. “If we are to achieve real, lasting change, the industry collectively needs to accelerate its efforts to eradicate modern slavery, wherever it might exist. Collaboration is critical to solve the problems we face today, and those we will encounter in the future.”

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