Our new consultancy service takes the pain out of complying with the UK’s new modern slavery laws. It is a fixed fee service that will help you generate your company’s “Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement” in accordance with the transparency provisions of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.
- Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
- Face to face or online meeting
- Fixed fee
- Additional services
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
New UK legislation means that a business whose annual turnover is UK £36 million or more and which is carrying on business in the UK supplying goods and services is required to make a “Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement”. The Statement may include reference to the following six elements:
- your organisation’s structure, your business and your supply chains;
- your organisation’s policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking;
- your organisation’s due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains;
- the parts of your organisation’s business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps your organisation has taken to assess and manage that risk;
- your organisation’s effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in your business or supply chains, measured by such key performance indicators as your organisation considers appropriate; and
- the training about slavery and human trafficking available to your organisation’s staff.
There is no prescribed form and therefore it is at your discretion to determine both the presentation and level of detail of information you wish to provide. The official Guidance that is available does however say that a statement should be:
- written in simple, easy to understand language;
- written in English, but it may also be made in other languages as relevant to your organisation’s business and supply chains;
- succinct whilst covering all the relevant points and provide appropriate links to relevant publications, documents or policies of your organisation;
- true and refer to actual steps undertaken or started; and,
- specify actions taken on a country-by-country basis (where relevant) to help investors, consumers and the public understand the context of any actions or steps taken to minimise risks.
Cordery will work with you during the initial meeting to identify your existing policies, procedures, indicators and training to produce a first draft of a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. Cordery will build upon any corporate social responsibility or ethical trade activities, procedures or policies which address the issue of modern slavery and which may have already been disclosed.
Face to face or online meeting
Cordery’s experts will hold an initial meeting with you either face to face or online to run through a tool that we have developed to help prepare the Statement helping you save hours of drafting time.
Cordery provide this solution on a fixed fee basis so that you have the comfort and peace of mind in knowing that the legal costs agreed will cover the production of the first draft Statement. We also offer an annual review of your Statement as your business and supply chains evolve.
Producing the statement may be the first step towards your company’s compliance. Our expert lawyers can support your modern slavery compliance strategy and its relationship to existing CSR initiatives to prevent slavery in your supply chain. We can also:
- provide training;
- prepare or review your compliance policies; and
- provide supply chain due diligence services.
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In this short video, Cordery’s Jonathan Armstrong and André Bywater review The Modern Slavery Act 2015 following the UK Government publishing guidance about this new compliance obligation.