If you are a large organisation with an annual turnover of over £36m, there is a new legal requirement to publish a public statement on your website about the actions that your organisation has taken to ensure that the organisation and your supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking.
If you are part of the supply chain to a large organisation, it is highly likely that you will be asked to confirm the steps that you take to ensure your business operations are slavery and trafficking free.
The Home Office has published some guidance which can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery.
Increased competition and market concentration in these long, global value chains create downward pressure on price, which in turn squeezes suppliers and intermediaries. Cost-cutting can become corner-cutting, as the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh, three years ago, demonstrated so catastrophically. In this environment it is all too easy for brands and retailers to lose oversight of the conditions and human rights of those in their own supply chains. That’s why the UK’s groundbreaking Modern Slavery Act 2015, which came into force this month, is welcome progress in driving business responsibility and a real step forward in the fight for justice for vulnerable people worldwide.