There is a high risk of modern slavery involved in the mining industry. Approximately 4% of forced labour victims worldwide are within the mining sector. Businesses with international projects in high-risk locations where there is little regulation of mining activities may be particularly exposed to risks of modern slavery.
Risk factors include a vulnerable workforce, high-risk business models, low-tier suppliers in high-risk geographies as well as lack of transparency and visibility at each stage of the supply chain.
Companies operating internationally are often based in countries where conflict, corruption, weak regulation and poverty significantly increase the risk of dangerous working conditions and prevalence of forced labour.
Businesses should aim to adopt a people-centred response after uncovering modern slavery risks associated with a supplier to avoid adverse effects for individuals within the supply chain and prevent making workers even more vulnerable.