BHRRC joins 13 NGOS to brief MPs for debate on Modern Slavery Act
The briefing says:
While the Modern Slavery Act was ground-breaking when it was introduced, research by civil society and reports by Parliamentary committees have exposed flaws in the legislation and its implementation.
Low levels of compliance and poor-quality reporting in companies’ modern slavery and trafficking statements have been well documented. The recommendations contained in the review provide an important opportunity to improve the implementation of the TISC clause.
We recommend that the Government:
• Take immediate steps to strengthen the regulation; specifically, by mandating companies to report on the six areas currently suggested in the Act, introducing meaningful sanctions for failure to report and extending the reporting requirement to the public sector.
• Implement a more comprehensive policy approach to tackling modern slavery in supply chains, including improved labour market inspection and enforcement.
• Begin the process of introducing mandatory human rights due diligence, in order for the UK to remain a leader on ensuring responsible business conduct.