Modern Slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. The International Labour Organisation estimates that there are 45.8 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, with potentially 13,000 victims living in the UK.
As responsible co-operative businesses and employers, it is important to take all practical steps to prevent and detect modern slavery.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced the requirement for any organisation selling goods and services, with a turnover of £36 million or more, to produce an annual statement confirming the steps it has taken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking within its business and supply chains. Smaller responsible organisations are also choosing to prepare their own modern slavery statement to evidence to their customers and members how they are tackling modern slavery. If you are a supplier, even if your turnover falls below £36m, you may soon find that you are being asked by clients to demonstrate the steps that your co-operative is taking to tackle modern slavery. This is an opportunity to tell the public and staff what initiatives have been put in place.
This simple toolkit will help you to develop your own strategy to prevent modern slavery within your supply chain and business. You can download the toolkit as a handy guide, or use the printable tools and templates which are provided in an easy to amend format. There is also a list of useful resources which should help you to develop your strategy.
Co-operatives UK have also developed an information poster and short video which you can use to help your employees to understand what modern slavery is, how they can identify it, and what they should do if they think that modern slavery might be taking place.