Modern slavery and supply chains: Part 2

Modern slavery and supply chains: Part 2

On Tuesday (11 July 2015), we featured in Comet an interview with Claire Falconer, legal director of Focus on Labour Exploitation. She spoke to us about the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) and the reporting requirements under the new Act.

Today, Claire discusses the implications for companies if they do not comply with this new law.

What are the risks for companies found to have fallen short of the provisions of MSA 2015?

The legal risks to a company include criminal liability under MSA 2015, Pt 1 and injunctive action under MSA 2015, s 54.

It is not clear on the face of MSA 2015, but it may be possible for a company to itself be held criminally liable for forced labour, slavery, servitude or human trafficking where the principles of corporate criminal liability are fulfilled for offences committed by an official of the company in the course of their employment.

Company officials or employees can also be held individually criminally responsible if they are directly involved in committing slavery or human trafficking offences.

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