Briefing for second reading of Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill - 8 July 2016Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
This briefing has been prepared on behalf of a coalition of human rights, development and anti-slavery civil society organisations that campaigned for the inclusions of the supply chain reporting requirement in the Modern Slavery Act. The Bill offers an important opportunity to enhance the supply chain reporting requirement in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The coalition welcomes the provisions that are set out in the Bill. The Bill would require commercial organisations and public bodies to include a statement on slavery and human trafficking in their annual report and accounts (Clause 1); and contracting authorities to exclude from procurement procedures economic operators who have not provided such a statement (Clause 2).
The coalition believes that if the UK Government is to continue to be an international leader on action against modern slavery, then government itself must be bound by the reporting requirement. It should also publish a list of companies that are covered by the requirement – this data exists and publishing it would assist investors, campaigners and the media in scrutinising and holding to account all companies on their slavery and human trafficking statements, not just those who are well known names.