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Uyghurs: Forced Labour

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 128268, tabled on 23 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Professor Laura Murphy’s report on the role of the International Finance Corporation in financing of companies allegedly involved in Uyghur Forced Labour.

Answered on

3 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.