Belfast Telegraph

Co-op leads way in helping victims of modern slavery

By Alan Jones

A growing number of businesses are creating hundreds of jobs for victims of modern slavery, new research shows.

An employment scheme devised by the Co-op is signing up firms at the rate of one a week, offering victims a four-week work placement and job interview.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of the Co-op, said the development was corporate responsibility at its best.

"Not only is business stepping up to the plate and providing jobs for the victims of modern slavery but, by adopting this programme, they are also highlighting the existence of this evil crime amongst their staff, suppliers and customers."

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