The Home Office have updated their statutory guidance (pdf) on slavery and human trafficking in business and supply chains.
This October 2017 update replaces initial guidance published in October 2015.
Launching the guidance, Home Secretary Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP said:
Modern slavery is a brutal way of maximising profits, by producing goods and services at ever lower costs with scant regard for the terrible impact this has on individuals. But my message is clear. Businesses must not be knowingly or unknowingly complicit in this horrendous and sickening crime.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires certain organisations to develop a slavery and human trafficking statement each year. The slavery and human trafficking statement should set out what steps organisations have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains.
The document provides guidance on:
- who is required to publish a statement
- how to write a slavery and human trafficking statement
- how to approve and publish the statement