Modern Slavery Reporting: Case Studies of Leading Practice

The UK Modern Slavery Act is leading legalisation that requires companies, from around the world, to annually report  on the  steps they are taking to eradicate modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have produced a new briefing which highlights leading practice and gaps in this reporting under the UK Modern Slavery Act.

The briefing leads with a forward by Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner who states:

“Companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the risk of slavery within their businesses. It is simply not good enough to say that it is not there. Instead, the best companies will act in the manner described in this report: they will recognise the risks, they will take seriously their human rights obligations, and they will embark on meaningful and specific steps to identify, remediate and eradicate this abuse from their business.”

The briefing provides concrete examples of leading practice by companies in the six key areas that are crucial to fighting modern slavery: supply chain transparency, human rights due diligence, supplier engagement, worker engagement, responsible recruitment and access to remedy.

The purpose of this briefing is to provide stakeholders – particularly investors and the Government – with information they can use to engage with companies to encourage bold and meaningful action to eradicate slavery from their operations and supply chains.

Read the full report here.