Modern Slavery Risks

Is your business responding correctly to The Modern Slavery Act?

The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) came into force in October 2015, establishing a legal obligation for businesses operating in the UK to be transparent and accountable regarding their strategy for addressing the issue of modern slavery, both within their own operations and supply chains.

Businesses operating within the UK also extends to non-UK based companies carrying on a business, or part of a business, within the UK.

The following BLC services can help your business comply with the Modern Slavery Act:

Assess Your Disclosure Statement
BLC can support your business in developing or assessing your annual Modern Slavery and Anti-Human Trafficking disclosure statement – a legal requirement for all companies operating in the UK.

Disclosure Statement & Due Diligence Policy Development
BLC can develop a draft statement and corresponding suite of due diligence policies, against the reporting requisites of The Modern Slavery Act (MSA).

Action Plan & Best Practice Guidance
BLC can also provide your business with an action plan identifying recommendations for steps to be taken to embed best practice throughout your operations and supply chain.

For support on how to address modern slavery and human trafficking in your supply chain, contact BLC today for further information on how to get started and advice on your legal obligations via info@leathersustainability.com or call +44 (0) 1604 679 999.

FAQs on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Supply Chains

If you need any of the following questions answering, BLC can provide you with advice and guidance:

  • What should my annual Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking statement include?
  • Do I need to apply the commitments made in my annual Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking statement?
  • What are the penalties for failing to publish a slavery and trafficking statement?
  • My business is based outside of the UK but has UK operations, do I need to adhere to The Modern Slavery Act?
  • When does the statement need to be reviewed, updated and published?

Is your business at risk?

Modern slavery and forced labour are widespread throughout many supply chains. Sectors at high risk include:

  • Retail
  • Textile and leather processing
  • Garment and apparel manufacture

Contact BLC for information and advice for your supply chain via info@leathersustainability.com or call +44 (0) 1604 679 999.