From the coffee you bought this morning, to the food shop you did last week, and to the clothes you’re wearing right now – have they somehow all been supplied through modern slavery? When we thought that slavery had been abolished in the 1800s, how does this still exist today? There are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery globally, but did you know there are 100,000 victims in the UK alone? Modern Slavery is often a hidden crime, so these are only the figures that we currently know about.
When we hear the word ‘slavery’, we often think back to the slave trade definition where slavery was ‘ownership’ of a person. However, in tackling modern slavery we are tackling the ‘exploitation’ of a person. This includes crimes such as labour exploitation, human trafficking, forced marriage, debt bondage, child labour and caste-based slavery.
Exploitation often occurs within business supply chains. There are risks within a journey of a product, from input to production, distribution to logistics, and even in consumption. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies that turnover more than £36million p.a to produce an annual compliance statement showing that no exploitation is occurring within their supply chains. More stringent legislation is to be implemented in 2021 (in the UK and EU) making compliance mandatory. There are an estimated 17,478 UK registered companies (modern slavery registry) required to produce a statement, with over 90% failing to meet minimum standards in 2019 and over 70% failing in 2020.
Supply Unchained can help your business identify potential risks, navigate steps and tools for prevention, review and update internal governance, and assist with drafting the annual compliance statement. We also provide training to staff, at all levels, to ensure that your business complies with the regulations. As consumers become more ethically aware of where products come from, there is an ever-increasing demand and pressure on big business to trade ethically. It is important to be able to maintain brand reputation, prevent civil penalties, and ensure the business is sustainable. There are also positive drivers for the business to comply, including promotion of human rights in business, and for corporate social responsibility purposes.
Supply Unchained is a certified social enterprise and member of Social Enterprise UK. We work by providing management consulting services for international development across the private and public sectors. The aim and mission of the organisation is to prevent systemic causes of modern slavery, by providing training, consulting, and compliance support to businesses. We have provided training to lawyers at the UK Government Legal Department and at Cornerstone Barristers to a range of private and public sector personnel (including Deloitte, White & Case, NHS and Civil Service).
Victims often find it hard to come forward and fight for their rights. Through ‘The Uhuru Project’ (‘Uhuru’ is the Swahili word for ‘freedom’ and our mission), we provide free legal support to victims of modern slavery. This initiative is funded through 10% of the profits obtained from Supply Unchained management consultancy services. In this way, Supply Unchained has a multi-faceted approach to tackling modern slavery by management consulting to prevent systemic causes and frontline legal support for victims of modern slavery.
We cordially invite you to attend our 50% discount online training session (£27.54 ticket) on Thursday 12th November 2020 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on ‘Tackling Modern Slavery in Business Supply Chains’.
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