Modern Slavery Act

Free Compliance Guide

Organisations with over £36m in revenue must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement within six months of their financial year. This guide details the steps you must take to prepare a statement. It includes sample statements, practical examples and checklists.

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About the Modern Slavery Act

On 1 July 2015, the new Modern Slavery Act came into force.

The Modern Slavery Act is one of the toughest laws in the world that tackles the serious and brutal crime of slavery.

Modern slavery is a form of organised crime in which victims are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain. The victims of modern slavery come from all walks of life and can be found all over the globe. They are often unwilling to come forward to law enforcement or public protection agencies, which means it has becoming increasingly important for commercial organisations to take a proactive role to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within their businesses or any related supply chains.

In the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, the government solidified this need by introducing an important new provision focused on transparency. The provision will require commercial organisations to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement beginning in 2016. The statement must include a report of the steps taken during the past financial year to ensure that these human rights violations are not taking place in any part of a business or its supply chains.

Modern Slavery Act training

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act recommends that a slavery and human trafficking statement includes the training about slavery that is available to staff.

VinciWorks has released an online training course on the Modern Slavery Act. The 20 minute, online course:

  • reviews the legal requirements
  • teaches staff how to identify slavery in the supply chain
  • provides examples of red flags
  • explains the organisation's reporting procedures

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