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UK Modern Slavery Act: NGOs publish new guidance

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After successfully campaigning for the introduction of the Transparency in Supply Chains clause into the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, UK-based civil society organisations have published a guide for companies reporting under the act.

“Beyond compliance: effective reporting under the Modern Slavery Act. A civil society guide for commercial organisations on the transparency in supply chains clause” provides ideas on how companies can respond effectively to the new provision by linking the wider due diligence procedure needed to eradicate human trafficking, forced labour and slavery from their supply chains to their reporting activity.

The document has been prepared by UK-Based coalition on corporate accountability and ECCJ member CORE with contributions from other civil society organisations such as Amnesty International UK, Anti-Slavery International, CAFOD, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Know the Chain, Quakers in Britain, ShareAction, Traidcraft and Unicef UK, and is supported by ECPAT UK, Walk Free, Unseen & Dalit Freedom Network UK.

The guide is grounded in the idea that, whilst the number and content of reports published under the Act are relevant, the real measure of the Transparency in Supply Chains Clause will be whether it results in an end to business practices that increase the risks of slavery and forced labour in supply chains

The Modern Slavery Act has been described as a potential “game changer” on company supply chains. Civil society authoring the guidance consider that, in order to make this a reality, companies have to see the reporting requirement as an opportunity to understand the risks of modern slavery occurring in their business operations. The guide intends in this sense to offer robust ideas of how to achieve this goal.

Access to CORE guidance and more information on the coalition MSA campaign can be found here.

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