Modern slavery: effective compliance and supply chain management

Modern slavery: effective compliance and supply chain management

modern-slavery-lexisnexis-advisory-board-inhouse-lawyerBusinesses are facing a huge global challenge to comply with the obligations introduced by the Modern Slavery Act 2015. On 6th October 2016, the LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board met to discuss modern slavery and its relationship to supply chain management, including the importance of risk assessment and due diligence.

The session was facilitated by Clive Davies, Senior Counsel at Fujitsu Services, and Colleen Theron, a modern slavery expert and environmental, business and human rights lawyer and consultant. It opened with an introduction to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and supply chains. Supply chains were identified as incredibly difficult to manage due to their potential size – when faced with compliance, companies may panic as they simply don’t know where to start.

Slavery and human trafficking statements

The Modern Slavery Act requires certain organisations to develop a statement each year. There is concern that these are likely to be a gloss of what

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.