Modern slavery

The way people and their land and water are treated in many countries is comparable to slavery in its disregard for human beings, and made worse by its degradation of their environment. Companies should be invited to sign and display a pledge: ‘This company undertakes to conduct its operations, and to dispose of any waste products, in a way that does not impact unfavourably on the life, health or livelihood of people living in the locality’. How could any well-run company refuse to sign?