IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), law firm Hogan Lovells, Blackstone investment group, ITN, Sport for Freedom, Omnia Strategy LLP and the Thomson Reuters Foundation are among the firms that have signed up to our statement, pledging to be diligent about eradicating slavery from supply chains.
The Co-op has also signed up: its Bright Future campaign provides paid work placements to victims of slavery.
Numerous other firms are in talks about backing the initiative and a full list will be published in the Standard next month.
Julia Immonen, chief executive of Sport for Freedom, said: “It’s great to sign up to the Stop Slavery Statement and play a role in the Evening Standard campaign.”
Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, said she was delighted it was among the first to publicly back the initiative.
“The Thomson Reuters Foundation is proud to sign up to the Evening Standard’s pledge, which encapsulates the very essence of our work,” she said.
“For seven years now, we have been shedding light on a global issue which was largely under-reported in mainstream media.”
Omnia Strategy united with ITN and Blackstone to make clear they would address all risk of slavery in their business and supply chain.
Hogan Lovells, HPE and Sport for Freedom joined them in the commitment and the promise to work with the Government to combat the “evil” of modern slavery in all its forms.
Last week Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the ex-Met commissioner who is leading the Standard’s special investigation, called for corporates to do more.
Sir Bernard said: “It’s great to see some of the leading names in British business taking a stand on this subject.”