why should your business care about Modern Slavery and forced labour?
Modern day slavery can be found in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy.
Modern Slavery is an emerging area in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and businesses face new and growing expectations that production will comply with social and human rights criteria.
Consumers are becoming more socially conscious with their purchasing decisions and therefore forced labour and human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour are becoming increasingly important issues for businesses.
Why should your business care about Modern Slavery and forced labour?
Forced labour and human trafficking are first and foremost morally unacceptable
Ethical values directly relate to strength of brand value and reputation
Showing your company has ethical business practices can have a positive impact on purchase decision making and increase revenue
Suppliers are an extension of your business. Their negative publicity equals your negative publicity.
In some countries, trade regulations prohibit the import of goods that have been produced by forced or trafficked labour. Such allegations can result in confiscation of imported goods by public authorities or disruption to trade and production schedules
Allegations of forced labour and trafficking have the potential to threaten customer and investor relations
New legislation in the UK prescribes that businesses take action to eradicate slavery in their supply chains
In 2015 the Modern Slavery Act came into effect in the UK. Section 54 of The Act requires every business which supplies goods or services, and carries on a business or part of a business in the UK with a total annual turnover of £36m or more to produce a statement of the steps a business has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in their supply chains and in their own business. It is has now become known as the Transparency in Supply Chains clause (TISC).
A full list of statements published to date is now publically accessible on the Modern Slavery Registry, which enables stakeholders, the public and press to see what action individual companies are taking.
The Act further recommends that companies publish details regarding the training that is available to staff. However, most employees are not even aware of what modern slavery is and therefore lack the knowledge and tools for identifying and eradicating slavery from within their business and their supply chain.
We understand that in order to find the problem, you need to know what you're looking for in the first place.
Our training courses are designed for businesses to understand what modern slavery is, how to identify it and how to practically reduce its presence within their own business and supply chains.
Each course builds knowledge step-by-step and is tailored to the roles and needs of the trainees.
We offer role-specific courses for businesses that are constantly updated to reflect the most up to date and relevant information based on the latest research from across the world.