men holding cocoa pods
Men holding cocoa pods, near Divo, Côte d’Ivoire.

With 178 years of expertise in human rights, development, labour rights and slavery, Anti-Slavery International is one of the architects of the measures in place for supply chains in the Modern Slavery Act. This means that we are uniquely placed to offer bespoke one-to-one advisory services for businesses, allowing your company to comply, to act beyond compliance and to become a positive role model within your sector.

  • Does your business understand current legislation with regard to trafficking and modern slavery?
  • Are you struggling to produce your modern slavery statement?
  • Do you and your stakeholders understand modern slavery and what it really means?
  • Do you know what the implications are if slavery is uncovered at any point in your supply chains?

While there is a range of advice available on the Modern Slavery Act, Anti-Slavery International is the only organisation with a deep and comprehensive understanding of slavery issues, their manifestations and an understanding of your business needs so as to be able to offer impartial advice, risk assessment, and specific guidance in relation to the Act.

More Than a Simple Checklist

Training Modules

Our training modules are carefully designed with experience of working across a range of sectors and aims to help your business to:

  1. Understand the realities of modern slavery, locally and globally, within a business context;
  2. Understand slavery manifestations in supply chains of goods and services;
  3. Understand the implications of the Modern Slavery Act for your business and identify the key risk areas and levels of risk within your operations.

Bespoke Services

We can provide expertise and guidance, and will work with you so that you will be able to:

  1. Develop and implement credible systems to identify risk factors affecting your supply chain and subsequently monitor deficiencies and discover actual instances of slavery and trafficking in your supply chains;
  2. Provide your own viable and sustainable solutions to meet compliance with legal requirements and strengthen you reputation;
  3. Develop your company policies and procedures to address modern slavery;
  4. Design your own in-house training on risk identification within your operations;
  5. Prepare action plans and management responses to situations within your organisation or suppliers.

In addition, we are able to provide advice to help you establish a credible system of third party assessments of your supply chains to provide independent verification of any problems, their causes and the necessary response.

Why Anti-Slavery International?

Our services have been developed as a direct response to the growing number of companies looking to develop strategies to address forced labour risk and slavery-related issues.

  • Unlike some other organisations, Anti-Slavery International steers away from overt criticism, preferring instead to adhere to our values embedded in collaboration and partnership in order to achieve a sustainable and realistic reduction in forced labour.
  • We are already advising a number of clients on how to manage modern slavery risks in their operations and their supply chains across a range of sectors, including agriculture, confectionery, construction, catering, garments, gifts, seafood, and textiles.
  • We offer internationally-recognised expertise, industry-specific networks and expert training. This work directly contributes towards Anti-Slavery International achieving its mission.
  • We offer expert and independent services that far exceed those of commercial audits.

What is the Modern Slavery Act?

The ground-breaking Modern Slavery Act (2015) addresses many aspects of modern slavery and human trafficking within the UK. This is now a billion-dollar ‘industry’ that affects in excess of 21m people across the globe, with men, women and children trapped in situations of forced labour and deprived of their human rights. These practices also under-cuts legitimate businesses as well as perpetrating human misery.

Section 54, Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) of the UK Modern Slavery Act now requires businesses with a global annual turnover in excess of £36m to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement.

As the importance of addressing contemporary slavery is increasingly acknowledged across the globe, other legal imperatives are at various stages of preparedness; for example in (Australia, France, Switzerland and Holland)  so it makes good business sense to be ahead of the game, to go beyond compliance and increase consumer confidence in your business.

No Business is Immune

Slavery, whilst illegal in every country, exists in every country: even within the most developed economies, countries still have sectors of their economy which operate outside governmental jurisdiction i.e. the black market or informal economy.

Given the complexity of today’s global supply chains, no one business or sector will be immune. Operating in emerging markets (although every country carries risk), companies often discover that there are inadequate laws that are poorly enforced; few, if any, worker protections; high migrant employment; discrimination against certain groups (i.e. caste, gender) and high levels of poverty and/or inequality, all of which create environments where slavery and labour exploitation can flourish.

Why Addressing Supply Chain Risk is Good for Your Business

  • Achieve legal compliance and peace of mind
  • Demonstrate good governance and leadership in your sector
  • Ensure brand integrity
  • Imbed ethical best practice in your polices
  • Increase consumer confidence
  • Become a human rights champion

Anti-Slavery International looks forward to working with businesses.

Please contact Ryna Sherazi on r.sherazi@antislavery.org or 0207 737 9436 for more information.