The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Derby were delighted to be guests of honour at the Action 2030: Ending Modern Slavery Together event aimed at encouraging companies across the East Midlands to pledge their support to end modern slavery.
The event, held at Derby University, was jointly organised by the Diocese of Derby and the International Policing and Justice Institute at Derby University and was hosted by Professor Kevin Brampton.
The Archbishop addressed business leaders on exploited workers and humanitarian responsibility and encouraged them to become ambassadors against slavery, alongside the Bishop of Derby. Bishop Alastair Redfern is a longstanding champion of the fight against modern slavery and played a vital role in drafting the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Bishop Alastair said:
Professor Kevin Brampton, director of the Institute said: ‘It was an honour and a privilege to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Institute. We were all delighted that he supported the aims of our campaign that will help improve the lives of tens of thousands of people around the globe who are being trafficked.
The particular aim of ‘Action 2030’, attended by over 50 directors and senior personnel, was to encourage companies across the East Midlands to pledge support for the Athens Ethical Principles adopted by the United Nations Global Compact in 2006.
The year 2030 is the United Nations’ deadline for ending all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking, as set out in their Sustainable Development Goals. Those who had agreed to commit their organisation to the Athens Ethical Principles signed the declaration in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Derby – who both co-signed alongside them.
The University of Derby was one of the ten local organisations to sign the declaration. Professor Mitchell explains why: ‘Modern slavery and human trafficking undermine the humanity of victims and there should be no place for these appalling practices in the 21st century. That’s why the University of Derby joined the Archbishop of Canterbury to pledge our support to the Athens Ethical Principles, which demonstrates our commitment to ending modern slavery.’