Supply an initial consultation to discuss your corporate responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act.
Map your supply chains from beginning to end and identify areas of vulnerability.
Conduct detailed audit investigations into areas of vulnerability.
Produce a series of recommendations to remove potential threats.
Prepare and publish your Modern Slavery Statement.
Provide you with a certified clean bill of health once all threats have been removed.
Generate bespoke Modern Slavery awareness training to your staff.
Ensure systems and processes are in place to enforce ongoing protection.
Offer ongoing support via periodic Modern Slavery health checks.
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Training workshops can be tailored to raise awareness of Modern Slavery within your supply chains, and help staff recognise the tell-tale signs of worker exploitation.
What is Modern Day Slavery?
Up to 13,000 people are estimated to be in modern slavery in the UK and around 25 million worldwide.
Most commonly people are trafficked into forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and car washes. Many women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Many, mostly women and girls, end up in domestic slavery. Others, particularly children, are forced into crime, such as drug production, petty theft or begging.
Forms of Modern Day Slavery
Forms of exploitation can range from forced prostitution and forced labour to forced marriage and forced organ removal.
Someone is in slavery if they are forced to work – through coercion, or mental or physical threat; owned or controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse; dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’; physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
Human Trafficking often involves the transportation, recruitment or harbouring of people (mostly vulnerable women and children) for the purpose of exploitation, using violence, sexual assaults, threats or coercion.
Slavery exists in Forced Labour when any work or services take place, whereby people are forced to labour against their will, or under the threat of some form of punishment or bribery.
Debt Bondage occurs when people borrow money they can’t repay. Trapped, they work to pay off the debt, while losing control over the conditions of both their employment and the debt.
Despite the fact that many people believe that slavery no longer exists, an estimated five million children are in slavery worldwide, including in the UK. Child slavery occurs when a child’s labour is exploited for someone else’s gain.
Modern Day Slavery comes in the form of ‘Forced Marriage’ when someone is married against their will and cannot leave the marriage. Most child marriages can also be considered slavery, as this is a circumstance they are placed in, beyond their own free-will.
Domestic work is a sector which is particularly vulnerable to exploitation and domestic slavery. It often occurs due to the unique circumstances of working inside a private household, combined with a lack of legal protection.