The Modern Slavery Act

While The Modern Slavery Act was established back in October 2015, where companies are expected to report on such practices within their organisation, the subject has again come to light recently through comments made by Prime Minister Theresa May where she stated that more funding will be provided to tackle slavery in UK businesses.

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In recent times a number of companies have been highlighted for their unethical practices, where workers have been subjected to inhumane conditions. The Modern Slavery Act aims to bring to light these injustices by requiring all companies, with a turnover of £36 million or more, to produce a statement detailing the steps that they have taken to combat slavery in their own business and their supply chains. The statement must be available as a link from the organisation’s website, and must also be approved by the board of directors, then signed by a director or partners of the organisation.

There are 6 criteria that companies may choose to include as part of the statement:

  • The organisation’s structure, its business and its supply chains; 
  • Its policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking; 
  • Its due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains; 
  • The parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk; 
  • Its effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate; 
  • The training and capacity building about slavery and human trafficking available to its staff.

While information has been provided regarding what companies can include there are still some areas that may require more detail. For more information on how we can help you with this and your corporate communications needs, talk to our team.