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Modern Slavery Act 2015

Modern Slavery & Human Rights

With 40.3 million victims estimated by the Global Slavery Index 2016 there are now more people enslaved than there have ever been in human history.  With the business of labour exploitation generating more profit than the US banking system it is also very lucrative for organised crime and their willing participants.

With the launch of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the UK has set the standard in legislative terms in not only increasing penalties for people found guilty of exploitation and slavery but also instilling a requirement on business to ensure that the demand for goods and services they generate is not delivered with exploitation embedded.

The supply chain sustainability school has produced resources that will help you:

  1. Increase your awareness of the issues relating to modern slavery not only within your organisation but also in your supply chains
  2. Understand what actions you can take as an organisation and an individual to ensure that you are undertaking your due diligence
  3. Link modern slavery initiatives with your wider legislative and ethical approach to labour standards such as Right to Work checks etc.?

Modern Slavery Resources

E-learning Modules

Modern Slavery 

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Responding to the Modern Slavery Act 

Modern Slavery Act Summary Paper

Transparency in Supply Chains Summary Paper

Procurement Guidance

Toolbox talks 

Modern Slavery toolbox talk. Click to view


In April 2017, the Construction Industry Charter was launched which brought together a coalition of organisations committed to eradicating slavery and other unethical labour practices within the construction supply chain.  Together they have committed to: 

  1. Develop tools, materials and training that support the development of best practice approaches to the issue of business and human rights
  2. Support best practice through partnerships and research
  3. Use their influence, and working with relevant authorities, to support the abolition of illegal and unethical practices whenever they are found

Supply Chain Mapping
Knowing where your materials, products and labour come from is the first important step in understanding what risk of modern slavery you might be exposed to.  It provides the platform against which you can develop measures to address any identified risks. 

View these documents below to show the outputs of the Supply Chain Mapping project that was undertaken by the Supply Chain School:

Right to Work & Immigration
You are legally obliged to ensure that any employee you recruit has a right to work in the UK. The checks you make to ensure that someone is in the country legally can also be used to spot victims of exploitation.  See the guidance &  video’s below that outline the requirements you are legally required to undertake when recruiting staff.

Immigration Act Summary Paper

CITB Right to Work Video part one

CITB Right to Work Video part two