If your business has a global turnover of £36 million or more and supplies goods or services to the UK, your business must ensure that there is no slavery in any part of your business. This includes all of your supply chains.

Are you doing all you can to ensure that your colleagues are not only aware of the Modern Slavery Act, but also fully aware of the key risks to your company, their personal responsibilities and what to look out for?

  • The Modern Slavery Act was introduced March 2015, the act was introduced to tackle slavery in the UK and consolidates previous offences relating to trafficking and slavery.
  • Modern Slavery is a very serious problem across the globe and the UK is no exception, last year there were 289 offenses prosecuted with the Home Office estimating there was between 10,000 and 13,000 additional victims of Modern Slavery in the UK alone
  • Experts have warned that major companies in the UK are failing to disclose the risks of exploitation in their operations and supply chains. And there are also fears that Brexit will leave Britain more vulnerable to labour exploitation.

What is modern day slavery?

Modern day slavery takes a number of forms including sexual exploitation and forced labour. Often the person is forced or compelled to work and they are often controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse. 

Victims may:

  • show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment 
  • look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene
  • be under the control and influence of others
  • live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
  • have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
  • appear scared, avoid eye contact, and be untrusting
  • be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
  • may have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment
  • may be isolated from the local community and their family.

It can include victims that have been brought from overseas, and vulnerable people in the UK, being forced to illegally work against their will in many different sectors, including brothels, nail bars, factories and agriculture.

Even though we are still trying to understand the complex world of Modern Slavery, people are rising to the challenge. Awareness is a major first step in tackling the problem in all parts of the world. Responsible businesses are doing their part to ensure they are not ‘sponsoring’ the hidden industry, and governments are slowly putting measures in place to prevent human trafficking and systemic abuse

Can We Help You With This Issue?

 

Here at SHL Training Solutions, our focus is on providing solutions to help you run your business better – By providing up to the minute information and services designed to grow your people – whilst growing your business, and keeping you business compliant – Our consultation services are free and useful

To discuss your requirements in more detail – Contact our offices on 0161 427 9660 or email: kirsti@shltrainingsolutions.co.uk