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Modern Slavery Group

Collaborating to address modern slavery and labour exploitation across the built environment.

Supporting the sector to identify, prevent, mitigate and remediate modern slavery risks and labour exploitation

Due to significant labour demand, a severe skills shortage, complex supply chains and the prevalence of indirect and self-employment, the built environment is a high-risk sector for modern slavery and wider exploitation. 

The Modern Slavery Group brings together senior procurement, supply chain and sustainability leads from major UK housebuilders, infrastructure clients, FM service providers, main contractors, suppliers and sub-contractors. It looks at opportunities to drive a common approach to combatting modern slavery and labour exploitation, through the upskilling of their own workforce and the wider supply chain.  

The group also leads the People Matter Charter which was launched in 2018 to help organisations up and down the supply chain address the common people related challenges in one workforce strategy.  

People Matter Charter

Diversity, exploitation, wellbeing, employment conditions and training & skills are common challenges faced by organisations and their supply chains. People issues are vast, yet all connected. 

The People Matter Charter was created to help organisations up and down the supply chain address these challenges together, in one workforce strategy. The Charter has eight commitments that can apply to any organisation, of any size. 

2023/2024 Modern Slavery Group Update

To learn more about the group’s targets and objectives for 2023/2024, download the Business Plan below.

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2023/2024 Modern Slavery Group Update

Key deliverables for the Modern Slavery Group: 

  • Update / refresh / review existing School resources​ 
  • Develop common heatmap for exploitation risks in the built environment​ 
  • Showcase best practice through events 
  • New resources on operational support for identifying and responding to modern slavery​ 
  • To be the UK’s leading collaboration to combat modern slavery in the built environment 
  • Drive impact / grow the number of signatories to the People Matter Charter 

Explore some of our key Modern Slavery resources: 

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Employment
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Human Rights
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Employment Conditions
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Key Modern Slavery Learning Pathways:

Modern Slavery: An Introduction
This self-enrol learning pathway is designed to increase your understanding of modern slavery risks within your organisation and within your supply chain. It is the perfect place to start if you want to understand the principles of modern slavery and how you can use due diligence within your organisational processes to combat the risk of labour exploitation.
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Modern Slavery - Due Diligence
This self-enrol learning pathway contains resources designed to build on your basic knowledge of modern slavery and delve deeper in due diligence within organisations and supply chains. To achieve the badge for this learning path, you must complete each resource.
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Modern Slavery: Site Set-Up
This self-enrol learning path is designed to increase your understanding of modern slavery risks, to help your understanding in terms of spotting signs of victims of exploitation and outline what to do to set up construction sites to manage this issue.
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Meet the Team:

EJ and Will are here to help Partners to get involved with the Modern Slavery Group. 

Emma-Jane (EJ) Allen
Group Manager
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Will Glover
Group Support
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Meeting Dates:

The dates for all Modern Slavery Group meetings have now been set for 2023/24. Please see below for further details and the notes from previous meetings.

 Date/ TimeLocation
4th October 2023, 14:00pm – 16:30pmMicrosoft Teams
7th December 2023, 14:00pm – 16:30pmMicrosoft Teams

Meeting Notes:

Download notes from any of the previous Modern Slavery Group meetings below.

Our Partners

The Modern Slavery Group brings together senior procurement, supply chain and sustainability leads from our School Partners listed below. The group collaborate through the School to drive a common approach to combatting modern slavery and labour exploitation, through the upskilling of their own workforce and the wider supply chain.