ADAS help organisations to understand which parts of their value chain are most vulnerable to instances of modern slavery.
According to recent estimates, 16 million people around the world are victims of forced labour exploitation. Slavery is not a thing of the past, and still occurs in every country in the world – including in advanced economies such as the UK. It can take many forms and be hard to detect. Agricultural and horticulture especially can be at risk. Organisations need to be vigilant in their policies and practices to reduce this risk.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 puts organisations under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their value chains are free from modern slavery. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £36m are required to produce an annual Statement. The statement should detail what steps the organisation has taken to ensure its own business and supply chains are free from slavery.
If the statement is weak, it could lead to negative impacts for the business and its brands. However, many businesses are unsure of what they should be doing, the level of detail required and how much control they are expected to demonstrate over their supply chain.