Sustainable Supply Chains – Tackling Modern Slavery in Wales with Supply Chain Transparency
Stuart Davies Founder & Owner of Sustainable Supply Chains Ltd 10th April 2017
The abolition of slavery in the nineteenth century suppressed this barbaric trade in one form. However, the twenty-first century has its own versions, forced labour, human trafficking, sexual exploitation – all involve enslavement and exploitation and all are alive and well.
One of the challenges in tackling the practice is its existence in supply chains. In an increasingly interconnected world it is difficult to know whether a product or service is, in some indirect way, dependent on slave labour.
To remedy this, section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires all companies and groups with a turnover of over £36m to ‘prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. These are then published on their websites.
Although the Act requires all companies and groups with a turnover of over £36m to ‘prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement, other organisations with a turnover below the £36m threshold are showing an interest in following suit. These includes many public-sector bodies who are becoming more conscious of the need to fight modern slavery.
Transparency in supply chains starts with transparency of actions taken and the Sustainable Supply Chains diagnostic tool will enable you to measure how well positioned you are to embed your commitment to eliminating modern slavery from your Organisations commissioning, procuring and grant processes. The diagnostic will help you identify:
Where your organisation is in terms of the elimination of modern slavery
Specific gaps to successfully embed procedures to successfully eliminate modern slavery from existing practices
Specific areas where Sustainable Supply Chains may be able to support you