How does the Modern Slavery Act affect your business?
The Modern Slavery Act was first introduced in 2015 to tackle modern slavery by consolidating various offences relating to human trafficking and slavery. It also included a provision for transparency in supply chains that requires all businesses with an annual turnover of £36 million or more to disclose in a statement what steps they have taken during the financial year to ensure their business and supply chains are slavery free.
The Modern Slavery Amendment Bill (June 2021), proposes various changes to the original act, including making it a criminal offence to supply a false modern slavery and human trafficking statement, or for companies to continue to use suppliers which fail to demonstrate minimum standards of transparency. It also aims to improve standards of transparency in supply chains relating to modern slavery and human trafficking.
Modern Slavery and Sustainability.
Our Modern Slavery Act auditing services fit perfectly with our SP Sustain certification and consultancy. Ensuring there is no modern slavery and human trafficking is embedded in the requirements of an SP Sustain certification. Contact us to discuss how by undertaking SP Sustain assessments of your suppliers, you can also satisfy the requirements of the Act.