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Modern Slavery

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...

Navigate requirements, go beyond compliance and into best practice

The launch of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 has set the standard in legislative terms, for labour exploitation. There are increased penalties for people found guilty of exploitation and slavery, but also a requirement on businesses to ensure that goods and services generated are not delivered with exploitation.

Foreign construction workers in Qatar are widely reported to be treated as slave labour.

With 40.3 million victims in forced labour estimated by the Global Slavery Index, and estimated 136,000 victims in the UK alone, there are now more people enslaved than there have ever been in human history. Labour exploitation is a lucrative business for organised crime and their willing participants and the built environment is no exception.


The Construction Protocol

 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

This charter now supports the work undertaken by the government’s Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority and the Construction Protocol, of which the Supply Chain Sustainability School and Action Sustainability (the School’s delivery partner) are signatories.

UK Government Modern Slavery Guidance

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

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Modern Slavery - Can you spot the signs?

A film designed to support your employees in understanding the signs of Modern Slavery in today’s working environment. The film explains how any individual on site can help identify victims of this crime and provides details of where to go to get help.

Modern slavery: Can you spot the signs?

Latest 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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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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