Modern slavery and human trafficking are not always perceived to be risky in the recruitment industry with the possible exception of those sectors covered under the Gangmasters Licensing Act, however in the last year, 3,266 people in the UK were identified as potential victims of slavery and human trafficking – an increase of 40% on the 2014 figures.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is becoming a hot topic in recruitment tenders and this is because companies with a turnover of over £36 million per annum (which includes many clients who are tendering their business) are now obliged to publish a modern slavery statement. The Act specifically demands that the statement must include “the steps the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains, and in any part of its own business”. This means that the client is responsible for ensuring that its suppliers also have procedures in place to prevent slavery and human trafficking, hence the increase in tender questions on this subject.
This policy template covers:
- The definition of modern slavery and its common signs
- Actions the recruitment agency will take to reduce the risks
- The ETI base code
- Supply chain management
Length of document: 9 pages
Last reviewed / updated: 18.05.17
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