Slavery and human trafficking statement
Slavery and human trafficking statement

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

  • Slavery and human trafficking statement
  • What is slavery?
  • Who is 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
  • Future changes to slavery and human trafficking statements
  • More...

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) 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 the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), article 4:

SlaveryExercising powers of ownership over a person
ServitudeThe obligation to provide services is imposed by the use of coercion
Forced or compulsory labourWork or services are exacted from a person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily
Human traffickingArranging 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 is 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 services

  3. carrying on business in the UK

  4. with a total turnover of £36m or more

The £36m turnover threshold will rule out many organisations, although you may wish to publish a statement in any event, eg because:

  1. the government encourages all businesses to develop an appropriate and effective response to modern slavery

  2. it

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