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LONDON – ASOS, the leading UK online fashion retailer, has called for the implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation in the UK in order to strengthen the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, as part of the publication of its fifth Modern Slavery Statement. Such legislation, currently being developed by the the EU, would legally oblige UK companies to take steps to prevent and mitigate risks and protect vulnerable people within supply chains in line with their responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles. It would require businesses to disclose these actions and be held to account for taking them.

ASOS CEO Nick Beighton also said ASOS would support such legislation to drive up standards, alongside targeted interventions such as a UK garment manufacturer licensing scheme.

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