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Modern Slavery

With 40 million victims estimated by the Global Slavery Index 2018, there are more people enslaved than ever before.

Construction is one of the most at risk sectors with 18% of global forced labour victims working in the industry

Foreign construction workers in Qatar are widely reported to be treated as slave labour.
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With 40 million victims estimated by the Global Slavery Index 2018, there are more people enslaved than ever before.

Centre for Social Justice calculated that the estimated figure for victims of modern slavery in 2020 was 100,000.

Modern Slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal of commercial gain. Victims are trapped in servitude, which they were deceived or coerced into, and cannot leave.” Slavery Free UK

In 2019, Operation Fort saw eight individuals convicted in the UK’s largest anti-slavery prosecution with up to 400 victims. Traffickers infiltrated different industry supply chains and generated more than £2m, demonstrating that exploiters are highly adaptable and that no supply chain is safe from modern slavery.

Do you understand your responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015? Do your employees and supply chain know how to spot the signs of modern slavery? What can you do to set up your sites to combat modern slavery? What due diligence can you demonstrate? Do you understand where the risks lie in your supply chain, both in the UK and overseas? How do you embed best practice in combatting modern slavery in your procurement?

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. To achieve the badge for this learning path, you must complete each resource.
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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 pathway 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. To achieve the badge for this learning path, you must complete each resource.
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UK Government Modern Slavery Guidance

Take a look at these three important resources from the UK Government:

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Spotting The Signs Of Modern Slavery In Business

Developed by Unseen UK, this video presents some of the signs of modern slavery in business. Useful for employers and on-site supervisors.

Spotting The Signs Of Modern Slavery In Business

Key modern slavery resources

Here are a selection of featured modern slavery resources. To view more, please visit our full resource library.

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Employment

Right to Work & Immigration

Companies are legally obliged to ensure that any employee recruited has a right to work in the UK. The checks made to ensure someone is in the country legally can also be used to spot victims of exploitation.

See the guidance and videos that outline the legal requirements when recruiting staff in our resource library.

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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.

The People Matter Charter
Learn about the People Matter Charter - a series of 8 commitments that we are looking to embed throughout the supply chain addressing all the people issues you as an organisation are focusing on in order to future proof your business.
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The People Assessment
Benchmark your organisation's performance against 8 key people issues
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