Our Managing Director, Philippa Southwell, appeared live on GB News for an interview discussing modern slavery compliance and exploitation in the textiles and garment industry in the UK. Philippa discussed the lack of robust response and implementation of our legislation against non-compliant companies.

Under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, companies with an annual turnover of 36 million or more are required to publish an annual modern slavery compliance statement. This must:

–        Be signed by a senior member of the organisation, such as a director; and

–        Be published in a prominent place on the company website.

The statement may, and should, include the following information:

–        Organisation’s structure and supply chains;

–        Policies related to slavery and human trafficking;

–        Due diligence processes of its business and supply chains in relation to slavery and human trafficking;

–        Risk assessment identifying areas of modern slavery and human trafficking risk in the organisation’s business and supply chains;

–        Methods and effectiveness in mitigating human trafficking and slavery risk and ensuring it does not take place in the organisation’s business and supply chains; and

–        Modern slavery and human trafficking training available to staff.

Southwell and Partners specialises in advising companies on modern slavery and human right due diligence. If you would like further information from our expert lawyers, please get in touch.