The Modern Slavery Act is a globally leading piece of legislation. It sets out a range of measures on how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK. Whilst not all of the Act is directly relevant for business, section 54 entitled 'Transparency in supply chains' impacts the corporate sector. The Act, which came into force on 29th October 2015, requires many businesses to disclose a 'slavery and human trafficking statement'.
Our team of specialists were involved in the early consultation of the Act, were named as a key contributor in UK Government’s 'Practical Guide' for companies and have already been advising a number of clients on how to manage modern slavery risks in their operations and their supply chains.
We have prepared two briefing papers to help guide businesses through this complex topic and would be happy to speak with you directly to share experiences and support you in your activities.
Modern Slavery is just one issue within a broader human rights agenda – the Act can be used as a catalyst for action across these wider issues