The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has published her Annual Report for 2020-2021 pursuant to Section 42 (10) (b) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The report reflects on the activities and achievements of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in the past year, as well as the challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and UK’s exit from the EU.  

The report highlights, that the pandemic has illustrated the vulnerability of workers and supply chains, and the Commissioner has placed priority upon engaging businesses in relation to anti-slavery.  

The report recounts the Commissioner’s activities in the past year, which include the development of the IASC maturity matrix, development of a modern slavery intelligence network established by business, and work with Themis and the TRIBE Freedom Foundation to collate good practice in financial institutions resulting in a report ‘An agenda for action across the financial services sector’ (reviewed by Southwell & Partners earlier this year). 

The Commissioner reiterates the research priorities of her office which include improving victim care and support, supporting law enforcement and prosecutions, focusing on prevention, and international links to modern slavery and human trafficking.  

For the full report by the Commissioner, please see here.