Sainsbury’s Group was looking to identify and eliminate potential incidences of slavery in their supply chain. As experts in the field, we gave them a tech-enabled way to do so.
In 2018, there were believed to be a staggering 40 million victims of modern slavery around the world. And it’s not confined to developing nations. In the UK alone, this number is thought to be between 11,000-13,000, but some organisations estimate there could be more than 130,000.
We advised the government in drafting the guidance to the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, which sets out a range of measures on how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK. The Act requires organisations with a UK presence and a global turnover of more than £36m to produce an annual statement indicating what they are doing to make sure modern slavery isn’t taking place in their business or supply chain.
So we are amongst the most qualified people businesses turn to when they are looking to better understand the problem of modern slavery.
Sainsbury’s sells thousands of products. The complexity of each supply chain - the number of tiers, geographical spread and worker profiles - varies considerably depending on the product. Sainsbury’s own-brand products are sourced from more than 3,300 supplier sites based in more than 70 countries.
Sainsbury’s wants to be able to respond accurately and swiftly to growing intelligence on where slavery and human trafficking risk exists and where it might impact their supply chain.
Given that our background in this area was strong, we involved experts from across our business - from Consulting’s Sustainability and Climate Change (S&CC) to our Data Analytics and Deals Forensic teams - to create the Modern Slavery Risk Assessment Tool.
“Slavery in modern society is sadly still a very real issue affecting many people's lives and poses a significant challenge and risk to companies dealing with complex and global supply chains. The work we did together with Sainsbury's Group providing a risk-based tool on modern slavery to determine activities - fits clearly with our purpose to build trust in society and solve an important problem.”