Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to audit companies’ Modern Slavery Act compliance for UK Home Office

27/09/19 - Adam Barnett, Communications Officer, BHRRC

Resource Centre selected by UK Home Office to carry out audit of company compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

27/09/19 London – The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has been chosen by the Home Office to audit whether companies are complying the UK’s modern slavery law.

The Resource Centre has run the independent Modern Slavery Registry of more than 10,000 company statements since 2016, publishing regular analysis including ratings of the FTSE 100.

The Resource Centre has been selected by the Home Office to carry out an audit of how companies are complying with Section 54 the Modern Slavery Act (2015).

The landmark 2015 legislation requires companies with an annual turnover above £36 million to produce statements on what they are doing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains.

The audit will see the Resource Centre check whether companies’ have produced a modern slavery statement and whether it meets the minimum legal requirements set out in Section 54 of the Act.

It will also consider whether company statements meet the key standards set out in the Home Office’s 2017 statutory guidance ‘Transparency in Supply Chains etc. A Practical Guide’.

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, said:

“We are pleased to announce the Home Office’s decision to award this audit to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

“This audit is another step in tackling modern slavery in supply chains. It strengthens the government’s efforts to increase the impact of the Modern Slavery Act and push companies to act decisively to eliminate slavery.

“The data we collect through the audit will strengthen our free and public registry of statements, and increase public scrutiny of company efforts to combat modern slavery.”

He added: “Our selection is a welcome vote of confidence from the government in our experience running the Modern Slavery Registry, the reliability of our data, and our robust analysis of company disclosures."

 ENDS

 

Media Contact  

Adam Barnett, Communications Officer, [email protected], +44 (0)7753 975769, +44 (0)20 7636 7774 

Patricia Carrier, Project Manager of the Modern Slavery Registry, [email protected]

Notes to editor  

Modern slavery encompasses the most severe forms of labour exploitation and it is on the rise globally. The International Labour Organization estimates that forced labour in the private economy generates US$150 billion in illegal profits per year.

The Global Slavery Index findings show that even in developed economies like the UK, France and Germany, there are hundreds of thousands of people living in conditions of modern slavery. Yet the prevalence of modern slavery, both in terms of where it is practiced and where victims come from, is concentrated in the global south.  

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts (positive and negative) of over 8,000 companies in over 180 countries making information available on its eight language website. We seek responses from companies when concerns are raised by civil society. The response rate is over 75% globally. https://www.business-humanrights.org/   

The Modern Slavery Registry is operated by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. The Registry is a free and independent resource and holds over 10,000 statements. Investors use it to assess company risks, and consumers and activists can use it to reward leading companies and press laggards to take action. Companies also use it to learn from their peers. https://www.modernslaveryregistry.org/