In our series on Modern Slavery, we’ve already explored how to spot signs of modern slavery and now we’re exploring what organisations need to include when preparing a modern slavery statement.
In 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require businesses to report on their processes and progress on identifying and assessing risks to prevent modern slavery in their own operations and within their supply chains. As part of that legislation, certain organisations are required to produce and publish a Modern Slavery Statement.
For qualifying organisations statements must be prepared and published annually. Statements must set out the steps the organisation is taking to prevent modern slavery within their business and supply chains.
You must produce and publish a modern slavery statement if all of the following criteria apply to your organisation.
The statement should include all of the steps the organisation has put in place to identify and assess risks of modern slavery within its operations and supply chains during the previous qualifying period. If your organisation has not made any progress or implemented any steps with regards to modern slavery, you must still publish a statement which identifies this.
The statement should cover;
The company’s modern slavery statement must be approved by its Board of Directors (or equivalent managing body) and must then be signed by a director (or equivalent) or designated member (for LLPs), including their name, job title and the date.
For further details on what your statement should include, download the Government Statutory Guidance: Slavery & Human Trafficking in Supply Chains
Statements must be prepared and published annually. There is now a shared reporting period for all organisations and a single reporting deadline. The reporting period runs from 1st April to 31st March and organisations have 6 months from the end of that period to prepare and file their statement, with a universal deadline for publication of 30th September.
Once your annual statement is prepared and signed, it should be published on your Company website, with a prominent link to it on your homepage. It should also be added to the Home Office Government Modern Slavery Statement Registry. Here you can add a summary of your report and key information about your organisation.
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