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27 Mar 2019

ICAR & Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)

Civil society report reviews progress of modern slavery reporting requirements; provides recommendations to improve laws & corporate reporting

"Full Disclosure: Toward Better Modern Slavery Reporting"

Based on broad stakeholder consultation, desk-research, and company statement analysis, the report takes stock of progress brought about by and gaps in existing modern slavery reporting requirements, namely the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and the Australia Modern Slavery Act. It also assesses the positives and shortcomings in current corporate reporting practices under these laws. The report finds that current modern slavery transparency laws do  not go far enough to protect workers or prevent forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains.

The report provides recommendations to policy-makers that outline key elements to consider in order to make modern slavery reporting requirements more impactful. It argues that, ultimately, mandatory human rights due diligence legislation would be more impactful to prevent and address human rights impacts in complex global supply chains...

The report concludes with recommendations to companies that are meant to help them better comply with existing modern slavery laws and improve their human rights disclosures. It argues that in order to be meaningful, reporting must be based on effective human rights due diligence processes, stakeholder engagement, and include information about risks throughout the entire supply chain.