Influencing activity

Parliamentary activity

  • In 2018 IOSH is monitoring developments related to a potential Australian Modern Slavery Act, and in the UK on Baroness Young’s Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill.
  • In 2016 and 2017, to commemorate the Rana Plaza factory disaster, IOSH participated in ‘Question Time’ debates in the UK Parliament organised by Fashion Revolution
  • In 2015, a roundtable debate was co-hosted by IOSH and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion in the UK House of Lords: Ethical fashion 2020: a new vision for transparency
  • In 2014, IOSH held a roundtable debate in the Palace of Westminster, coming together with industry leaders, Fashion Revolution and politicians in the UK to discuss ethics and sustainability in fashion.

Consultation responses

IOSH maintains a firm position in relation to sustainability and social responsibility issues. For example:

  • In September 2017 we responded to the Global Reporting Initiative’s consultation into occupational safety and health reporting metrics, advocating the use of standardised performance indicators that are both ‘leading’ and ‘lagging’.
  • in February 2017, we responded to the UK government’s Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper, supporting strengthened governance and reporting requirements
  • in August 2016, we urged the UK government to lead a ‘race to the top’ in tackling modern slavery, one year on from the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act
  • in April 2016, we submitted a response to the UK government on its proposed set of measures to harmonise the ‘non-financial’ information that large companies have to make public
  • also in April 2016, we responded to the European Commission consultation on guidelines for non-financial reporting
  • in December 2015, we contributed to the UK government consultation on Tackling exploitation in the labour market, seeking extension of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 to construction, hospitality and catering
  • in September 2015, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre received our response to their consultation on the Corporate human rights benchmark
  • in May 2015, we made our response to the UK government’s consultation on the ‘transparency in supply chains’ clause of the Modern Slavery Act 
  • in February 2015, we commented on the Sentencing Council’s proposed guidelines for courts in England and Wales on health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences
  • in September 2013, we responded to the UK government’s call for views on its proposed framework for corporate responsibility, welcoming the initiative to go ‘beyond compliance’ and supporting the adoption of internationally recognised reporting standards and guidelines.

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