BUSINESSES

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.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights offers companies guidance on key themes for labour and human rights and are highly relevant to trafficking and forced labour.

Why should your business care about Modern Slavery and forced labour?

  1. Forced labour and human trafficking are first and foremost morally unacceptable
  2. Ethical values directly relate to strength of brand value and reputation
  3. Showing your company has ethical business practices can have a positive impact on purchase decision making and increase revenue
  4. 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
  5. Allegations of forced labour and trafficking have the potential to threaten customer and investor relations
  6. 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.

Human traffickers are also very astute and adapt quickly to regulatory action. This is why it is important to provide training on a regular basis in order for your staff to understand current trends. This is where ©ILLUSTRO Consultancy Ltd. can help.

How can ©Illustro Consultancy Ltd. help?

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.

Here at ©ILLUSTRO Consultancy Ltd. we believe that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning. By actively seeing a trainer convey passion about a topic, in an interactive and dynamic learning environment, the same passion is ignited in the learner.
Therefore each course is delivered in-person by our Director, Tony Dunkerley.

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Modern Slavery and Forced Labor in Supply Chains

We understand that in order to find the problem, you need to know what you're looking for in the first place.

Target audience: Supply chain management, procurement staff, compliance officers and site visitors.

Up-skill your staff to understand, identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and forced labor in your business and your supply chains.

Course Aims:

  1. Understand and identify risks of modern slavery and forced labor within your business and supply chain
  2. Develop and implement control measures to mitigate risks of modern slavery and forced labor in your business and your supply chain
  3. Identify the physical indicators of modern slavery and forced labor
  4. Identify future trends and risk through the changing landscape of modern slavery

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Identifying Victims of Modern Slavery and Forced Labor

Target audience: Point-of-sale staff, retail management.

Enable your customer-facing staff to identify modern slavery and know what to do if they suspect someone is being held under modern slavery.

Course Aims:

  1. Understand modern slavery and forced labor
  2. Identify the physical indicators of modern slavery and forced labor
  3. Take action when modern slavery and forced labor is taking place

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 Section 54 Statements

Target audience: Directors, Management and Senior Board Members.

Understand how to develop a Section 54 statement that sets the industry standard, which evidences the efforts that your business is taking to eradicate slavery and wider human rights abuses.

Course Aims:

  1. Understand human rights issues more broadly and their potential impacts
  2. Identify the policies and codes of conduct that help mitigate the risks of modern slavery
  3. Understand the Modern Slavery Act and what is required in a Section 54 statement

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