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Corporate liability under the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Published on: 02 December 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Corporate liability under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • What corporate liability arises under MSA 2015 and how can directors be held responsible for the illegal acts of their businesses under it?
  • How effective has MSA 2015 proven in tackling these issues?
  • Is the scope of MSA 2015 limited in the jurisdictional sense that it does not create any explicit provision for crimes of slavery or force labour committed by UK entities abroad? Is it therefore in need of reform and are there any limitations to this?
  • What are the United Nation Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights and what obligations do these place on businesses to prevent and remedy human rights abuses?
  • What measures are available to ensure victims of modern slavery have access to civil compensation and that businesses are held accountable for failings?

Article summary

Corporate Crime analysis: How effective has the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) been in encouraging corporate responsibility and tackling the trafficking and exploitation of labour in the supply chain one year on from its enactment? Caroline Haughey, criminal barrister at Furnival Chambers, is confident that it’s a good start and companies are engaging. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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