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Slavery in Supply Chains
Every year businesses become more aware of modern slavery in supply chains. Many organisations are already taking action to promote ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused and exploited in their own organisation and global supply chains. Safe and Free believe businesses should use their influence to encourage other businesses in their supply chain to adopt similar social responsibility for modern slavery.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is targeted at organisations with an annual turnover above £36 million. However, smaller organisations may be asked if they have a statement or policy in place on modern slavery, especially if they are seeking for contracts with larger organisations. Larger organisations are more willing to work with a business that are taking the necessary steps to end slavery in supply chains.
You need to be vigilant to existing and emerging Modern Slavery threats that might impact your supply chains. If your business fails to take social responsibility in its supply chain, you could risk destroying your brand's reputation.
How Can Safe and Free Help?
Safe and Free works with a variety of businesses to help them minimise the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains. We do this through bespoke consultancy to suit the needs of the business. Safe and Free encourage all businesses to be open and transparent even if the legislation does not apply to them.
Fill out our due diligence request for information form which allows us to detect what your organisation is and is not yet doing in relation to modern slavery.
Once we have the completed form we will begin our personal response, we will provide you with advice and tips on how to prevent modern slavery in your business and its supply chain.
What We Do
Reduce the number of businesses through which victims' services can be sold. By helping businesses ensure victims cannot be directly employed by them by performing employee screening and establishing whistle-blowing processes.
Train businesses to understand how their processes could be exploited by traffickers and ensuring all staff are vigilant in respect to possible victims of trafficking.
Help businesses put into place effective counter-measures to ensure their business location cannot be used to facilitate any aspect of trafficking.
Work with businesses to deter opportunities for traffickers to operate from within all aspects of the company through policy and procedure work.
Encourage business' social responsibility by promoting vigilance in respect to companies' spheres of influence (suppliers, competitors and local area).
Modern Slavery Act (2015)
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a UK act of Parliament designed to tackle slavery and human trafficking through the consolidation of previous legislation and the introduction of new measures. Specifically, it introduces new requirements for organisations in regards to their business and supply chains.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organisations with an annual turnover above £36 million to develop a slavery and human trafficking statement each year.
The slavery and human trafficking statement should set out what steps organisations have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains.
This statement must be;
Approved by the Board
Signed by a Director
Published on Companies Website Homepage