Modern slavery and human rights in business

Modern slavery: write a slavery and human trafficking statement

Guide

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, every business with a total annual turnover of £36 million or more must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation.

A business with a turnover below £36 million may choose to produce a statement, especially if they are bidding for contracts with larger businesses above the threshold. A slavery and human trafficking statement can help to assure customers that the practices they follow protect workers from abuse and exploitation in their own organisation and global supply chains.

What should your slavery and human trafficking statement include?

The slavery and human trafficking statement must outline what steps your business has taken during the financial year to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in your organisation or in your supply chain.

Your statement must report on six areas of activity that include:

1. Your organisational structure, its business and its supply chains.
2. Your organisational policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking.
3. Your due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in your organisation and supply chains.
4. The parts of your business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk.
5. Your effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in your business or supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate.
6. The training and capacity building about slavery and human trafficking available to its staff.">

Publishing your slavery and human trafficking statement

Slavery and human trafficking statements must:

  • be approved by the board of directors (or equivalent management body)
  • be signed by a director (or equivalent)

You must publish the statement on your website. The homepage of your website must include a prominent link to the statement. If your business does not have a website, you must provide a copy of the statement to anyone who makes a written request for one within 30 days.

Businesses should publish their slavery and human trafficking statement within six months of the financial year-end. If your business has taken no steps to address and remedy modern slavery you must still publish a statement on your company website stating this to be the case.

Further guidance and registry

If your business is planning to publish its first slavery and human trafficking statement you should download transparency in supply chains: a practical guide (PDF, 1.73M) for further guidance.

You can register with the modern slavery contacts database to receive regular updates and guidance to help you improve your modern slavery statement.

You can search for businesses that have published their slavery and human trafficking statements on the Modern Slavery Registry to see what UK businesses are doing to eradicate modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.