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Modern Slavery Consultancy

Modern Slavery

What is it?

The Modern Slavery Act is a leading piece of legislation. It sets out a range of measures on how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK. Whilst not all of the Act is directly relevant for business, section 54 entitled 'Transparency in supply chains' (TISC) impacts the corporate sector. The Act, which came into force on 29th October 2015, requires businesses to disclose a 'slavery and human trafficking statement'.

What the law says

Large companies with a turnover of more than £36 million must make public its efforts to stop the use of slave labour by its suppliers. From 29 October 2015 the Transparency in Supply Chain (TISC) Provisions require businesses to publish an annual statement if they have an annual turnover above a threshold (£36 million). The statement must confirm the steps taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the business (or in any supply chain).

My turnover is less than £36 million, it doesn’t apply to me – this isn’t true. Larger contractors with a turnover of £36 million have a duty to check their supply chain – you guys - to ensure as far as they can that no modern slavery activity is taking place. This means they will need to check you have measures in place to combat modern slavery, this can include; policies, staff training and publishing a compliance report. This means main contractors are more likely to work with you if you can easily demonstrate your efforts to manage modern slavery risks within your organisation. Modern slavery exists on most tenders for work from major contractors so having your own policy and activities in place will also make you far more attractive when bidding for work.

What can i do?

  • Publish a ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ for each financial year.
  • Publish a compliance report to meet stakeholder expectations against agreed KPI’s.
  • Develop a framework to support your activities; reviewing of policies, internal reporting, staff training
  • Implementation; assess risks, create a strategy for performing due diligence, check your own suppliers are compliant, develop and deliver training for staff..

What are the benefits?

  • You will be demonstrating to your clients, suppliers and stakeholders how you are working to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from your operations.
  • An opportunity showcase your good practice and share your good practice with others.
  • Win more business from major contractors by demonstrating your awareness of modern slavery and the part you are playing to eradicate it.

This sounds great but I don’t have the time to implement it all

We can help, we work with an international charity who are committed to working with businesses to work towards a slave-free supply chain.

Our partner can provide support and services: -

Support Benefits

  • Gap Analysis to help you understand how modern slavery could manifest in your business, what your response would look like if you found it, and the recommended next steps to help you work towards a slave-free supply chain.
  • Implement a slave-free assessment tool.
  • A designated Client Manager so you will be able to speak to someone if you find an issue in your business or you want advice on a modern slavery matter.
  • Discounted training and slave-free consultancy services.
  • Regional seminars around the country.
  • A regular newsletter packed with advice bringing together all the most recent tools, resources and learning on key aspect of Slavery Statements and policies etc.
  • Members' website with tailored news and resources.

For more information call us on informal chat:

Bolton: 01204 28 22 50

Liverpool: 0151 541 6820

Email: training@wjbtraining.com

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