Risk Averse: Company Reporting on raw material and sector-specific risks under the Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
This report provides a snapshot of company Slavery and Human Trafficking statements published in compliance with the Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, focusing on companies that produce or provide products and services to a large number of customers, including other businesses.
We examine statements from 25 businesses who source raw materials and commodities associated with a heightened risk of modern slavery – cocoa from West Africa, mined gold, mica from India, palm oil from Indonesia and tea from Assam – and 25 operating in sectors known to be at heightened risk of labour rights abuses: apparel and footwear, construction, hospitality, Premier League football and service outsourcing.
We explore if and how companies include information on the particular raw material and sector-specific risks in their statements, looking at the description of their operations and supply chains and their due diligence. We also look at additional information available on company websites, to examine the extent to which companies are making connections between the risk of slavery and human trafficking with wider labour rights issues such as wages and working hours, and the price paid for raw materials.