The Government have produced guidance on Transparency in Supply Chains to help employers meet their new responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act.
The Act came into force from the 29th October 2015 and requires every commercial organisation that ‘carries on a business’ in the UK with a total annual turnover of £36 million or more to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of that organisation.
The organisation can be in any sector, but must supply goods or services, and must carry on a business or part of a business in the UK (it does not matter where they are incorporated).
Modern Slavery is defined by the Act as offences of ‘slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour’ and ‘human trafficking’.
The guidance sets out how the Government expects organisations to develop a credible and accurate slavery and human trafficking statement, and what must be included in the annual statements. It also gives the definitions of Modern Slavery, Forced or Compulsory Labour, Human Trafficking and the behaviour constituting modern slavery. It also provides information on what organisations to contact if an incidence of slavery is identified.
We look at the details here.