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Modern Slavery

It is estimated that there are almost 21 million victims of forced labour worldwide - 13,000 of these in the UK


It is estimated that there are almost 40.3 million victims of forced labor worldwide – 136,000 of these in the UK.

Further information at: Modern Slavery page on Safety Central

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Victims are controlled by force, threat, coercion and deception. It can take various forms including trafficking of people, forced labour, sexual or criminal exploitation or domestic servitude.

At Network Rail we are committed to doing business in a sustainable and responsible way. This includes a commitment to do all that we reasonably can to prevent all forms of modern slavery in any part of our own business and our supply chain. We expect our customers and suppliers to do the same.

Reporting instances of Modern Slavery

Everyone has a responsibility to speak out if they have concerns relating to human rights violations or acts of modern slavery. This includes raising concerns about those we do business with or those who do business on our behalf.

If you suspect you have seen an instance of Modern Slavery taking place, please raise a concern by contacting Speak Out:

For more information, please view our Speak Out (whistleblowing) policy at: