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PCC pledge support for the Athens Ethical Principles

Kevin Bampton, Archbishop of C'bury, PCC and Bishop of Derby

Prof Kevin Bampton, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby, PCC Hardyal Dhindsa and The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby - Photography Simon Turton


On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Most Reverend and the Right Honourable the Archbishop of Canterbury was guest of honour at an event hosted and organised by the University of Derby’s International Policing and Justice Institute (the Institute).

The aim of the event — entitled ‘Action 2030: Ending Modern Slavery Together‘ — was to encourage companies from across the East Midlands to pledge their support for the Athens Ethical Principles, which were adopted by the United Nations Global Compact in Athens in 2006. 

2030 is United Nations deadline for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking; it is one the their sustainable development goals and reinforces human trafficking’s status as the second most prolific crime in the world.  

‘Action 2030’ formed part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s three-day visit to the Diocese of Derby, which was organised by the Bishop of Derby’s office. The Bishop of Derby played a pivotal role in drafting the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and two years ago he was instrumental in establishing the Derby Modern Slavery Partnership; he remains at the forefront of the campaign to bring an end to human trafficking and all forms of labour exploitation.

Commenting on the event Bishop Alastair said: “We were delighted to welcome the Archbishop to our Diocese and to share with him some of the vital work carried out in the community, and also the challenges and opportunities we face. I am delighted he will be joining me to urge business leaders to combat modern day slavery and exploitation in the supply chain. His presence will serve to shine a spotlight on the issue.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby formally opened the event and welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury to the event. David Arkless was then invited to speak on the subject of the realities of tackling modern slavery. David Arkless is the former CEO of Manpower Group and a world-renowned expert on labour market trends and member of the global Business Coalition Against Trafficking (gBCAT). His speech was followed by short presentations from Professor Kevin Bampton, director of the Institute and the Bishop of Derby. The Archbishop of Canterbury the responded to the speakers and endorsed the work of the Bishop of Derby and the University of Derby and other organisations in striving to bring an end to modern slavery.

Professor Bampton, commenting on the event, said: “It will be an honour and a privilege to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Institute. We are all delighted that he supports the aims of our campaign that will help improve the lives of tens of thousands of people around the globe who are being trafficked. 

“Many companies in the developed world unwittingly support human trafficking, especially when they employ staff based overseas — many of whom are trafficked or otherwise exploited. This is why it is so important for companies in our region and beyond to sign-up to bring an end to human trafficking by 2030.”  

Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner signed the declaration on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  Commenting after the event he said: “Who would believe in this day and age that I am fighting to stop the tyranny of modern slavery and human trafficking? 

“Tackling this type of hidden crime will feature in my Police and Crime Plan but I know that all of us — police, community leaders, businesses and the public — have a responsibility to work together to address the problem and protect Derbyshire’s residents.”


The list of ten companies and organisation that signed on the day include:

Bowmer & Kirkland; Fifty Eight; JCB; Jobs, Education & Training; Mercia Image Print; Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner; Pennine Healthcare; Staffline; The Cardinal Group; University of Derby


For further information on this event www.derby.ac.uk/lhss/the-institute/ 

Issued by: Simon Turton

T: 01246 583969

Photographic credit to Simon Turton.

Posted on Friday 24th June 2016
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