Tackling modern slavery is one of the UK Government’s top priorities
Modern slavery is a serious and organised crime that destroys communities and causes significant harm to victims. It is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain and involves people being coerced and forced into providing a service to others. It is a crime that affects men, women and children and can occur in any business sector.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are 25 million people in forced labour across the world¹, many of whom will be working to produce the goods and services which we buy and sell every day.
The Government has announced new measures to ensure that modern slavery risks are addressed in its own supply chains through public procurement.
CCS, Cabinet Office, Home Office and other key stakeholders have been working together to develop new guidance and tools to help public sector buyers and commercial staff identify and tackle modern slavery in their supply chains.
- a new Tackling Modern Slavery in Government Supply Chains Procurement Policy Note (PPN)
- a ‘Tackling Modern Slavery in Government Supply Chains’ guide, which has been written to help buyers and commercial staff identify and tackle modern slavery risks in new procurement activity and existing contracts
- a Modern Slavery Assessment Tool, which public sector organisations can use with their suppliers to identify and address modern slavery risks through an interactive questionnaire that provides tailored improvement recommendations.
- a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) to offer Ethical Procurement and Supply elearning to help commercial staff identify and report modern slavery risk. Details on how public sector officials can access this training are on the Government Commercial Function Knowledge Hub.
Action taken by Departments will form part of the UK Government’s first Modern Slavery Statement, which is due to be published in December 2019. This will set out the steps they have taken and plan to take, to identify, address and prevent modern slavery in their supply chains.
CCS is already working to support the Modern Slavery Statement. Suppliers working under existing framework contracts that have been identified to be at a greater risk of modern slavery occurring are currently being invited to complete the MSAT Assessment. You can find out more about this work here.
Additional helpful modern slavery resources can be found below:
- Home Office’s: Publish an Annual Modern Slavery Statement Guide Aimed at Businesses
- CORE Coalition’s: Tackling Modern Slavery Through Human Rights Due Diligence Guide
- Respect International’s: Resource Centre
- Responsible Sourcing Tool
- Interactive map for businesses of anti-human trafficking organisations
- Stronger2gether’s: Tackling Modern Slavery in UK Businesses Toolkit
- Verité’s: Fair Hiring Toolkit
- Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority’s: posters, leaflets and videos
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- call us on 0345 410 2222
¹ Global Estimates of Modern Slavery 2017, International Labour Organisation