Combatting Modern Slavery Training

Understanding modern slavery and managing your supply chain training day

The pressure is on larger companies to identify, report on and remove human rights and environmental abuse from their supply chains. This demands businesses and organisations and cascade the same duties and responsibilities to their suppliers through supply contracts and train staff to be aware of the problem and be more focused on identifying potential issues.

Many companies, organisations and individuals unknowingly support modern slavery by buying materials and products that have been manufactured, packed or shipped with the use of modern day slaves.

Our lively one-day CPD workshop highlights the problem, the legislation and what can be done to combat modern slavery across the organisations supply chain.

The 2018 Global Slavery index estimated that over 40 million people, worldwide, were in modern slavery and of these, some 136,000 were in the UK! This meant that just over 2% of the UK population was considered to be living in modern slavery and over 11% of the UK population was at risk at falling into modern slavery.

When the supply chains for the G20 countries were examined it was estimated that US$ 354 BILLION of imports could have been produced, packed or shipped using modern day slaves.

The modern slavery act was enacted in March 2015 to help fight against slavery and social injustice. It simplified and unified previous legislation and gave new powers for enforcement. It also placed a duty on larger business, which under the Education Reform Act 1988 will include many FE Colleges and Universities, to eradicate slavery from their global supply chains. This includes the publication of a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year.

as above is increasingly important for ethical, legal and contractual reasons that all businesses and organisations take pro-active action to remove human rights abuse throughout their supply chains and ensure their staff receive regular updates on company policies, procedures and the signs of potential abuse. This high quality affordable workshop help raise the profile and develop ideas for audit and prevention.

For Whom
This one-day 6 hour workshop is designed for managers and those who may be tasked with cascading key information to staff. A reduced 3 hour workshop, designed to run twice in one-day, is available for direct delivery to staff where needed.

Aims and Objectives

Participants will:-

  • Define Modern Slavery
  • Examine the six main forms of Modern Slavery
  • Consider UK and Global facts & figures
  • Think about why victims stay hidden
  • Talk about spotting the signs victims often show
  • Consider the Requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Probe the Act’s requirements for the Supplier Chain
  • Determine benefits from a well-managed chain relationship within the Act
  • Reflect on what can happen with non-compliance
  • Discuss proactive steps in the identification and management of risks in the supplier chain
  • Benchmark best practice
  • Look at ways of securing staff & supplier commitment
  • Consider audits and KPI’s
  • Review where applicable, the clients own Modern Slavery Statement, Policies and Code of Practice
  • Briefly look at other related laws and agencies
  • Identify sources of further information and support


Introduction – Historical Focus – Modern Definitions

  • 1863 to date!
  • Definitions of Modern Slavery and Servitude
  • The six main types of Modern Slavery
  • Latest facts and figures
  • Breaking News

Risk Areas – Highest Risk Of Slavery

  • 10 Top Countries
  • 20 Products
  • 10 specific industries and sectors
  • Four types of job
  • Latest facts and figures
  • Breaking News

The Victim – Spotting the Signs – Barriers

  • What are the common behaviour signs in the exploited or slave worker?
  • Why are victims often reluctant to report abuse?
  • Latest facts and figures
  • Breaking News

Modern Slavery Act – Legal and Organisational framework – Other Laws

  • The Modern Slavery Act 2015 – an overview
  • The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner – role, remit and strategic priorities
  • Introduction to Section 54 of Modern Slavery Act – Supply Chains
  • Responses to Section 54
  • Other related Laws and Agencies including:-
  • Care Act 2014
  • Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Equality Act 2006
  • Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 2016
  • Breaking News

There are some points of divergence but many more points of convergence with analogous & devolved legislation in Northern Ireland and Scotland. This will be made clear during the workshop

In depth focus on Section 54 – Modern Slavery Act
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act says larger organisations must outline the steps they have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its own organisation or any of its supply chains. Many smaller organisations and business will want to comply too for ethical and/or contractual purposes.

  • Benefits from full compliance with Section 54
  • Dangers with non-compliance
  • Benchmarking using FTSE Index – Top UK Companies – Section 54
  • The Section 54 Statement
  • The your organisations response and policy
  • Your organisation’s Policies, Procedures, Code of Conduct and Expected Protocols
  • Risk Assessments
  • Country Risks
  • Business Partnerships Risks
  • Transaction Risks
  • Industry and Sectoral Risks
  • Types of Worker
  • Industry and Sectoral Risks
  • Other risks for workers – gang exploitation
  • “Tricks of their Trade”
  • Spotting the Tricksters
  • Due Diligence
  • Live Case Study – Blue Chip Company
  • 11 other case studies signposted
  • Key Performance Indicators, your organisation and benchmarking other PI’s used in the sector
  • Auditing
  • Monitoring and Reviewing

Gaining buy in and Support from Staff, Subcontractors and Partner Organisations
Throughout the preceding five modules on this course, participants are asked to capture ideas for actively addressing Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and these will be translated into action plans in the final session.

Finally this session concludes the training with an open discussion of how best to cascade the knowledge and information to staff, supplier, sub-contractors and partner organisation


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