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LONDON – Leading civility society organisations have called on the UK government to bring in laws which would compel multi-nationals to take action to prevent human rights abuses, worker exploitation and environmental harm in their global operations. Apparel brands, which outsource much of their sourcing to Asia, would potentially be hugely impacted by such regulations, which are being demanded by a group of organisations which include Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and the Fairtrade Foundation. Moves to regulate due diligence issues within global supply chains are already afoot at the EU level and within the UN as well as within individual EU states such as Germany and France.

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