Slavery and human trafficking statement
Slavery and human trafficking statement

The following Risk & Compliance guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Slavery and human trafficking statement
  • What is slavery?
  • Who will be required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement?
  • Format of the statement
  • Contents of the statement
  • Approval and signature of the statement
  • Publishing the statement
  • Timing and frequency of the statement
  • Failure to comply
  • Possible changes to slavery and human trafficking statements

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. Section 54 requires some organisations to produce and publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. This Practice Note explains MSA 2015, s 54.

What is slavery?

MSA 2015 covers four activities, which are defined by reference to ECHR, art 4:

Slavery Exercising powers of ownership over a person
Servitude The obligation to provide services is imposed by the use of coercion
Forced or compulsory labour Work or services are exacted from a person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily
Human trafficking Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to their exploitation

All four activities should be covered in a slavery and human trafficking statement.

Who will be required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement?

The requirement to publish a statement applies to organisations meeting the following criteria:

  1. commercial organisation—the definition appears to catch companies, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and standard partnerships, but not sole traders

  2. supplying goods or