UK: Home Office review of Modern Slavery Act to focus on its operation, effectiveness & potential improvements

Author: Home Office - GOV.UK, Published on: 28 August 2018

"Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: terms of reference", 17 August 2018

1. Background: The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (...) has helped to transform the UK’s response to modern slavery... Thousands of companies have published statements setting out the steps they have taken to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains...

2. Aim of the review: The aim of the review is to report on the operation and effectiveness of, and potential improvements to, provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which provides the legal framework for tackling modern slavery.

3. Structure of the review: The review will gather evidence and seek views from relevant stakeholders, (...) [including] a call for written submissions, evidence sessions on particular aspects of the legislation, and interviews with representatives from civil society, business, law enforcement and other interested bodies... 

4. Scope of the review: The review will need to take into account any significant political, economic, social and technological changes since the 2015 act was passed. 

The following provision of the act must be considered in the review:

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  • section 54 on transparency in supply chains

In particular, the review should consider the following [question] which [has] been brought to the attention of the government by the sector and others as issues requiring consideration:

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  • in relation to section 54, how to ensure compliance and drive up the quality of statements produced by eligible companies

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