Report by Chartered Institute of Building analyses UK construction industry's response to Modern Slavery Act

Author: Emma Crates, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Published on: 23 May 2018

Construction and the Modern Slavery Act: Tackling exploitation in the UK, May 2018

 This report examines the UK construction industry’s response to the Modern Slavery Act and the systemic problems that are eroding the rights of domestic and foreign workers in the sector… The report also explores evolving best practice, industry initiatives and emerging legal, social and governance drivers of change…[Regarding] Modern Slavery Act reporting…Construction lags behind other industries in the quality of disclosure and many companies are late publishing statements. Reporting tends to focus on policies and risk assessment rather than actions [and] many reports fail to meet basic requirements. [However], peer pressure is forcing an improvement in the reports of some organisations [and] the effects of the MSA are also rippling beyond legal compliance. [In addition],…some construction companies are showing a degree of complacency and lack of understanding of modern slavery issues. Although a number of organisations are being proactive, other contractors are in denial that the sector has a problem…

 [Refers to: Arcadis, Balfour Beatty, Better Buying, Co-operative Group, Coca-Cola, Ðuro Ðakavic TEP, Ferrybridge, Great Portland States, Harbin Power Engineering (HPE), Hewlett-Packard, IKEA, Land Securities, Lend Lease, Mace and Sedex, Marks & Spencer, Mars, Marshalls, Sainsbury's, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Tesco, Unilever, Vinci, Walmart, Willmott Dixon, Wilson James]

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