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Multilateral Aid: Forced Labour

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 128231, tabled on 23 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK taxpayer funding provided to the International Finance Corporation is not used to support companies benefiting from forced labour.

Answered on

1 March 2022

The UK remains committed to tackling the issue of Uyghur forced labour in global supply chains, working with our international partners. The International Finance Corporation (IFC)'s Performance Standard 2 defines IFC clients' responsibilities for managing labour and working conditions, and precludes the IFC from supporting clients which employ forced labour. People affected by IFC projects can register complaints through the independent Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsmen. The UK has been working with the IFC and other development finance institutions to develop stronger safeguards to reduce the risk of forced labour in supply chains.

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