Modern Slavery Act 2015 - how can businesses achieve supply chain compliance?

Ensuring the supply chains used by a business are free from modern slavery (including trafficked labour) is a key feature of The Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 places obligations on businesses with a turnover of £36 million or over to ensure that their business, and the supply chains used by the business, are free from modern slavery. The Act requires businesses to include an annual "modern slavery statement" in each annual report. A link to the statement must also be included on the website of the business. In order to provide this statement, a business needs to ensure that it has carried out appropriate due diligence on its supply chains to enable it to accurately reflect risk and identify appropriate mitigation strategies.

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We'll guide you so as to ensure you are able to issue an accurate Modern Slavery Statement and have measures in place to protect the reputation of your business.

Our experience

Our specialist lawyers have expertise in supply chains across a range of sectors, including those which are considered to be of high risk of modern slavery, such as the food and argri-business, construction and hospitality sectors. Our specialist team of lawyers regularly work on cross-border supply chain contracting arrangements and also have a good understanding of the "high risk" countries where a business may be purchasing goods,raw materials and services from. Our team can apply this knowledge and experience to support you to ensure that your business has the right supply chain due diligence measures in place to allow you  to issue your Modern Slavery statement with confidence and protect the reputation of your business.

Our clients

We've worked with a range of clients on Modern Slavery Act compliance, including:

  • A major UK housebuilding business
  • A business operating in the luxury automotive sector
  • A range of charities
  • A range of businesses operating in the food and agri-business sector
  • A number of manufacturing businesses
  • A number of higher education institutions

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