Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It can occur in a number of forms such as:
All of which in common deprive a person’s liberty by another to exploit them for a personal or commercial gain.
A company can help prevent and abolish anti-slavery and human trafficking internally and from its own suppliers and business partners by adopting an anti-slavery and human trafficking policy which is aligned with the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. By adopting an anti-slavery and human trafficking policy, a company will expect the same high standards from its contractors, suppliers, their own suppliers and other business associates.
The company prohibits the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children. The main terms of the policy are:
The Chair of the Board has overall responsibility for ensuring the company complies with this policy and a senior member of management such as the Chief Executive or a Managing Director has primary and day to day responsibility for implementing the policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
As a company matures, it will be expected to hold itself and its business partners accountable to ensure that it is committed to acting ethically and that its business dealings and relationships are not encouraging or benefiting from forced and compulsory labour or other forms for modern slavery. Larger organisations will often request copies of a company's modern slavery policies during the contracting processes before starting a business relationship. Creating a policy at the earliest possible stage of a company helps reduce the likelihood of modern slavery occurring in its business or supply chains whilst minimising friction when contracting with larger organisations. Companies using Legislate can create a broad range of policies tailored to their own business requirements and can demonstrate that their employees and collaborators have read these policies thanks to e-signatures within Legislate. To create policies, simply book a demo or create an account to get started today.