Modern slavery: transparency in supply chains

About these courses

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduces a new area of compliance for commercial organisations. Although legal penalties are restricted, interest from pressure groups and brand risk is expected to enforce compliance.

Under Section 54 of the Act organisations who carry on a business or part of a business in the UK supplying goods or services with a turnover of £36 million or above will have to publish an annual statement. This statement must set out the steps a business is taking to ensure there is no modern slavery in any of their supply chains or within their own organisation.

This is known as the 'transparency in the supply chains' provision and came into force on 29 October 2015.

Shoosmiths have developed two courses to help ensure transparency in your supply chain.

Who are these courses for?

As well as affecting organisations with a high turnover the Act will also affect organisations with a smaller turnover if they supply larger companies covered by the provisions because those larger companies will ask them to give assurances about their supply chains.

Smaller companies who are unable to give assurances or who are in breach of the provisions risk having their contracts terminated or not being invited to pitch for new ones. These courses are aimed at all businesses affected by the transparency in supply chains provisions. It is of particular interest for those involved in procurement, supply chain management, purchasing, audit, and HR.

The Modern Slavery for Managers course is designed primarily for managers outlining the new provisions and demonstrating what steps your organisation needs to take to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.

The Modern Slavery for Employees course is designed to be taken by all levels of your organisation as part of the approach to ensure transparency in the supply chain and the creation of the company statement.

Modern slavery for managers

Course overview

This course takes you through the transparency in supply chain provisions in the Modern Slavery Act to help you understand how they impact on your business, including the impact it can have on brand awareness. Organisations covered by the transparency in supply chain will need to provide a statement outlining the steps that have been taken to ensure their business is slavery free, and this course will look at the information that can be included in this.

The course also includes the standards you should expect from a supplier workforce and indicators that modern slavery may be taking place in your supply chain. You will also need to consider carrying out due diligence and risk assessments.

Topics covered include:

  • What is modern slavery
  • Modern slavery offences
  • Transparency in the supply chain
  • The statement
  • The signs of modern slavery
  • Who to report to
  • Steps to take now

Modern slavery for employees

This course focuses on ensuring all employees are able to recognise and report instances, or suspicions of, modern slavery.

Topics covered include:

  • What is modern slavery
  • What are the signs of modern slavery 
  • What makes people vulnerable to modern slavery
  • How to report modern slavery

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