Modern slavery is the world's second largest farm of organised crime and a growing challenge thanks to a mix of armed conflict, climate change and the global pandemic.
The Modern Slavery Act requires in scope organisations to produce, sign, and make public a slavery and human trafficking statement every year that sets out the steps that were taken the previous year to combat modern slavery in the organisation and also its supply chains.
The legal requirements can apply to organisations based outside the UK aswell as to those in the UK. We can help. We are experienced on:
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The global nature of modern supply chains and complex organisational structures can make
complying with the Modern Slavery Act challenging.
A: Any organisation wherever located that supplies goods or services in the UK and has a turnover of at least £36 million a year. Turnover includes that of subsidiaries. Wherever they are located.
A: Keep it on your homepage accessible via a prominent link. Interested stakeholders should be able to monitor the progress of the organisaion over time.
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"Our detailed guidance note explains who Section 54 applies to, what you need to do and when you need to do it by."Read our guide
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"With Baroness Young of Hornsey, a Crossbencher in the House of Lords and campaigner against Modern Slavery; Dr Alexander Trautrims, a Lecturer in Supply Chain and Operations Management at Nottingham University Business School, we explore how businesses should approach their internal work in producing their slavery and human trafficking statements going forward, and the positive impact that working closely with supply chains has on businesses."Watch now
According to a report published by the Financial Reporting Council in April, modern slavery generates an estimated US$150 billion annually and encompasses 40 million people in slavery globally.
Public sector and private sector organisations, particularly those who meet the £36 million threshold, are encouraged to review their approach to combating modern slavery in their organisation and its supply chains before the Modern Slavery Bill becomes law.
The issue of equality has remained high on the agenda during the pandemic. The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have increased awareness of gender and race equality issues across all of society. Our survey indicated there was still a significant number who were making changes either for gender or race or both.
The Modern Slavery (Amendment) Bill recently started its journey through Parliament. Find out more.
The Home Office has now launched a central registry for section 54 statements, a central registry for statements prepared in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
The publication follows recent media coverage regarding allegations of exploitation in the garment industry - what changes are proposed?
This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.
The Home Office has published a Guidance document for businesses on publishing a modern slavery statement and addressing modern slavery risks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has recently been reported that a well-known UK law firm has sent British American Tobacco (BAT) a pre-action letter alleging forced and child labour on behalf of 350 child labourers working on tobacco crops in Malawi.
On 22 May 2019 the Final Report of the independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) was laid in Parliament.
Momentum is gathering in the call to take a tougher approach to how large businesses tackle modern slavery issues in their supply chains.
Watch today to explore how businesses should approach their internal work in producing their slavery and human trafficking statements going forward, and the positive impact that working closely with supply chains has on businesses.
The Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill has effectively been dropped by its sponsoring MP and will not progress any further.
Modern slavery is the fastest growing organised crime in the world. The UK is far from immune being a leading country of destination.
With very few organisations complying with aspects of the Modern Slavery Act one year on, Raymond and Emma talk about the opportunities of having a well-crafted statement and take a look at the government’s efforts to drive up standards going forward, such as the introduction of the Modern Slavery (Transparency and Supplies Chain) Bill.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now requires any commercial organisation which supplies goods or services in the UK and has an annual turnover of £36m or more to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
Introduced in October 2015, the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) is a landmark move toward tackling illegal exploitation within the UK.
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Browne Jacobson has been watching with interest as the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has evolved.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires certain organisations which carry on a business or part of a business in the UK to disclose what activity they are undertaking to eliminate slavery.