Guidance on Modern Slavery Act Published

Oct 30, 2015

The Home Office has published guidance for organisations covered by the Modern Slavery Act.

The document, Transparency in supply chains etc. a practical guide, has been produced by the UK government with the help of businesses and civil society to help companies comply with the legislation.

The Act, which gained Royal Assent in March and came into force in October, requires companies with a turnover of more than £36 million a year to prepare a statement explaining what they are doing to tackle modern slavery.

The guidance provides details on who needs to comply, how a statement should be written, constructed and published, and what to do if slavery is identified in the supply chain.

It says a statement must contain the steps taken by an organisation, approved and signed by a director, member or partner, and must be published on an organisation’s website with a prominent link on the homepage.

The document also features case studies from organisations, as well as practical support. It also provides links to other guidance and external resources such as the modern slavery helpline.