Published on: 20 September 2017
TISCreport announced their data on Modern Slavery Act compliance with Section 54 on the 19th September in Westminster, with the headline being that just over 50% of companies are overdue in publishing their modern slavery statements to date. The briefing was attended by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Cabinet Office, the Confederation of British Industry, the Chartered Institute of Buildings, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, Food Standards Agency, Home Office, HMRC, the Metropolitan Police, Government Digital Service, DCMS, British Chambers of Commerce, Number 10, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, the Gangmasters’ Licensing and Labour Abuses Authority (GLAA), as well as industry leaders including Aviva, BT Group, Co-op Group and EDF.
Justine Currell from the UK Anti-Slavery Helpline and also the author of the Home Office guidances notes for section 54 of the MSA opened to set the scene and show the scale of the issue in the UK. Dr Sue Hurrell and Stephen Chapman, Anti Slavery Coordinator from Welsh Government followed show how Welsh Government were using the MSA as an essential component of their strategy to drive ethical employment practices***. Emma Scott, Representation Manager from CIPS reported on the survey of their members on awareness of the MSA and finally Jaya Chakrabarti of TISCreport presented on data and findings from their data set. The panel session at the end was chaired by Paul Gerrard, Director of Campaigns & Policy at the Co-op Group, with a cross-sector discussion on what the next steps should be.
The event has so far been covered in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4902936/UK-anti-slavery-hotline-identifies-4-000-potential-victims-year.html and Supply Management magazine: https://www.cips.org/supply-management/news/2017/september/506-of-firms-modern-slavery-reports-potentially-overdue/.
All the presentations are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B90mBmqxRphddWtTTDIxQkliY2s
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