The Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to bring accountability to businesses for forced labour in their supply chains and large organisations with a presence in the UK are required to produce an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ detailing the action they have taken. A recent report from Ergon Associates shows that although businesses are submitting statements ahead of the required deadline, the majority are lacking in key information and meaningful action.
The March 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK shows 615 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during March 2016. Using the Nexis filter of 'Subject' to filter through results against ‘Society, Social Welfare & Lifestyle’, reveal a diverse selection of reporting highlighting cases of human trafficking.
1 April 2016 - Posted by Sam Hemmant in Human Trafficking Awareness, Anti-Bribery And Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering
The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organisations to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement, detailing the steps they have taken to mitigate these risks in their business and supply chains. If you carry out any part of your business in the UK and turnover more than £36M globally, the requirement applies to you. Watch our guide for more information.
The UK’s Modern Slavery Act, which took effect from 29 October 2015, promised to consolidate and toughen existing anti-trafficking legislation in the UK. The bill enforced transparency in supply chains, making an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ a legal requirement for large businesses. However, an Ergon report of the first 100 statements has revealed shortcomings.
The February 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Index for the UK shows 711 trafficking-related articles published by the British and Irish media during February 2016. Using the Nexis filter of 'Subject' to filter through results, dominant news stories appearing across all media related to the Calais 'Jungle'. Further filtering results using the term ‘Calais’ revealed 29 stories published in the UK & Irish media. This blog focuses on three of the Calais stories: Jungle children; under siege trucker...
29 February 2016 - Posted by Sam Hemmant in Human Trafficking Awareness, Anti-Bribery And Corruption, Media Monitoring
Amnesty International’s recent report about child labour in supply chains demonstrated children as young as seven working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt is used in mobile phone batteries and Amnesty accuses several global electronics brands of failing to do basic supply chain checks. This was widely reported in the media at the time but is not the only example of media interest in the issue of modern slavery.
Publicity surrounding Amnesty International’s latest report about child labour in supply chains can be seen as a timely reminder that, under the UK’s new Modern Slavery Act, corporations and major companies bear the onus of proof when protecting their reputations for vigilance and integrity.
An emerging focus on ISIS and sex slavery dominating the news stories this month that were tracked in the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™.
In March 2015 the Modern Slavery Act became law. Its effect on UK businesses will be significant. The first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to specifically address slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century, the Modern Slavery Act is poised to become one of the most significant pieces of legislation for supply chain due diligence processes.
As the migrant crisis rages on in Europe the topic of modern slavery is never far from the headlines. As the UK Modern slavery Act comes into full effect we outline the steps for organisations to stay compliant.