Modern Slavery... Home Office Orders Review

Posted on: 31/07/2018

The Home Office has announced a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, following evidence that gangs are finding new loopholes to avoid enforcement.

The legislation is intended to protect vulnerable people from enforced labour. It extends globally to the supply chain, meaning that all UK registered businesses with a turnover of £36 million of more are required to publish a statement on their website explaining the steps they are taking to tackle the issue in its operations and supply chain.

The Home Office report that 600 complaints are currently under investigation.

The Home Office said: "The criminal networks that recruit and control victims are constantly adapting and finding new ways to exploit victims, and the commissioning of this independent review is an opportunity to enhance the UK's legislation to effectively tackle this issue.” The review will seek to further strengthen the legislation to "minimise the risk that the goods and services available in the UK are produced through forced labour and slavery".

The problems related to modern slavery are thought to be widespread, and can potentially affect a very large number of businesses. And yet a survey by the Chartered Industry of Procurement and Supply form last year reported that just 6% of British companies were confident their supply chains were not affected.

Although most of the Act only applies to England and Wales, the regulations covering business transparency extend to businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Strong and Herd are introducing a new course in early 2019 on ethical trading, which will explain how to meet your obligations under the Modern Slavery and Anti-Bribery Acts. Contact us for more details.

 

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