Assessing modern slavery risk in supply chains
Assessing modern slavery risk in supply chains

The following Practice Compliance practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Assessing modern slavery risk in supply chains
  • Step 1—high level assessment
  • Identify your suppliers
  • Set your risk criteria (or categories of risk)
  • Results
  • Step 2—in-depth examination
  • Self-assessment questionnaire
  • Results of in-depth examination
  • Risk assessing new suppliers

There are many ways that risk of modern slavery can manifest in supply chains. In order to assess the level of risk of slavery in your supply chains, you must first understand the features of your business that may be particularly vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking occurring. These are most likely to include using third-party suppliers and recruitment. There may be other factors depending on your operations. This Practice Note contains guidance on conducting risk assessments of the risk of your organisation, or any of your supply chain, being involved in modern slavery. It covers supplier risk in particular—see Precedent: Modern slavery—risk assessment. See also Precedent: Anti-slavery policy for suggested procedures for managing recruitment risk.

A risk assessment is a fundamental aspect of both detecting and preventing modern slavery in supply chains. It's a two-stage process:

  1. step 1—initial high-level assessment of the entire supply chain, to divide suppliers into low, medium and high-risk categories (you may wish to use our Precedent: Modern slavery and human trafficking supplier risk assessment)

  2. step 2—more in-depth examination of the potential for modern slavery in the medium and high-risk categories

Step 1—high level assessment

Identify your suppliers

Your risk assessment process begins with working out who your suppliers are.

A supplier is any individual or company which provides goods or services to you. This includes less direct aspects of supply which might include, eg

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