Modern slavery: effective compliance and supply chain management

Modern slavery: effective compliance and supply chain management

Businesses 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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Sophie is Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX Legal - an award winning legal tech startup helping law firms and organisations manage a flexible work force and supporting lawyers to make smarter life/work choices. 

As part of her portfolio career Sophie runs various learning and development and networking forums for in-house lawyers and mentors junior lawyers.  These include Flying Solo for small and solo legal teams and Aspire for junior in-house lawyers which she runs for LexisNexis UK.  She also works with schools and organisations to promote social mobility within the legal profession, working with The Social Mobility Business Partnership and Aspiring Solicitors. 

She trained as a lawyer in the City and worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group.  

Outside of work she is happily married with three sons and enjoys morning walks along the beach with her two dogs.