Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

PMP Recruitment encourages industry to back 'be seen be heard' campaign to fight modern slavery

PMP Recruitment, part of Cordant Group, has today (Monday 30th July) teamed up with award winning charity Unseen to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery across the labour and supply chain industries.

As part of the ‘Be Seen, Be Heard’ movement, PMP will be encouraging its workforce, competitors, suppliers and clients to wear high visibility jackets emblazoned with Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline number. The UK-wide Modern Slavery Helpline is independent, confidential, 24/7, 365 days a year, and calls can be taken in over 70 languages.

The launch of the three-month campaign, which coincides with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, will see PMP’s employees sharing campaign materials with their industry contacts, including order forms for the specially-made jackets and other merchandise, including wristbands, key tag fobs, hairnets, posters, snap bands and pens. Companies can use the forms to order and pay for the merchandise themselves, with 10% of the total order value going directly to Unseen.

PMP will also be hosting a roundtable discussion in September, which will include a guest speaker from Unseen. In addition, a social media campaign will take place on Thursday 18th October (Anti-Slavery Day), where participants will be asked to share pictures of themselves wearing their high visibility jackets and other merchandise, whilst using the #BeSeenBeHeard .

Jamie Reynolds, Managing Director, PMP Recruitment, said: “Modern day slavery is the fastest growing international crime and is estimated to affect over 40 million victims globally, of which 21 million are victims of forced labour. It is our ambition to have workforces up and down the UK to proudly wear these very special high visibility jackets. Not only do they encourage people to use the Helpline number, but they also promote the message that any form of human trafficking or forced labour is completely unacceptable.”

Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of Unseen UK, said: “Unseen is incredibly proud to join forces with PMP Recruitment in our shared mission to tackle modern slavery. By raising awareness of the Modern Slavery Helpline, the campaign will directly impact the lives of those who are being exploited, helping them to escape their situation and regain their independence. I am impressed by PMP’s genuine commitment to increasing understanding of forced labour in the sector and it’s great to see them encouraging others to follow suit.”

Earlier this year, PMP entered a year-long partnership with Unseen to raise vital funds and donate supplies for the victims of modern slavery by promoting monthly fundraising events. The first campaign of the year saw PMP employees, with the help of their clients and suppliers, put together 400 survivor kits for modern slavery victims. Meanwhile, the company raised over £12.5 thousand pounds after hosting an action-packed family fun day in Stoke-on-Trent in June.

You can call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700.