Inadequate wages, weak safety practices and modern slavery all contribute to poverty and inequality and undermine the achievement of sustainable development and the targets of 1.12. and 8.83, which call for an end to global poverty as well as safe working practices.
In 2019, we will continue to engage companies on how they are tackling modern slavery practices, such as forced and child labour, within their supply chains, linking to target 8.74. New legislation is shining a spotlight on this issue by driving better disclosure. Based on the work we undertook in 2018, we have built an understanding of corporate best practice, and will use this to press companies to make improvements.
This year will also see us follow up on previous work on the payment of a living wage, with an emphasis on the retail sector, where corporate reputations are sensitive to allegations of poor staff treatment. We will also start a new strand of engagement around apparel sourcing practices and their impact on the environment and local populations, including the emerging risks arising from shifts toward sourcing from Africa as companies seek to diversify their supply chains.