Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Act introduces a requirement for businesses over a certain size to publish an annual statement setting out the steps taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in their organisation or associated supply chains.

The Act consolidates existing offences relating to trafficking and slavery.

It obliges businesses which supply goods or services in the UK (with an annual turnover of more than £36 million) to publicly state each year the action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free. Turnover includes the turnover of any subsidiary business.

The annual statement must be published on the organisations website, and a link to it must be prominently placed on the homepage. (6 months after end of year accounts).

Non-compliance and enforcement – Secretary of State may enforce duty to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement through civil proceedings.
The view is to name and shame companies which to do not comply.
More information and guidance can be found at www.gov.co.uk