Modern Slavery: new guidance and tools available to help the public sector address risks in their supply chains

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.

These include:

Next Steps

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.

Further Information 

Additional helpful modern slavery resources can be found below:

Get in touch

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¹ Global Estimates of Modern Slavery 2017, International Labour Organisation