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Local Focus

In December ERSAB participated in a proactive Policing event to set a number of themes for action for the upcoming year. A steering group has been established and they have already looked at the issue of Modern Slavery in the Care Sector in the first quarter of 2024.

As the second quarter of 2024 starts, the focus of the steering group will shift to examine the issue of Domestic Servitude.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council have approved their new Modern Slavery Policy. The policy has been updated to reflect changes in legislation and to include the new and strengthening partnerships across the region.

By adopting the policy, the council has committed itself to a number of new measures to strengthen its response to Modern Slavery. These include:

  • The establishment of a Member Modern Slavery Champion
  • The establishment of a named lead officer
  • A commitment to undertake the Local Government Modern Slavery Maturity Matrix and the creation of a delivery group to drive improvements
  • A commitment to design and deliver a Modern Slavery e-learning training package for all staff which will be compulsory
  • A commitment to collect and publish modern slavery statistics on a quarterly basis within the East Riding Local Modern Slavery Forum
  • A commitment to produce an annual report setting out activities and achievements

A copy of the policy is attached here:

National Focus

The Government have updated the modern slavery statement registry.

The changes will encourage businesses to upload their annual modern slavery statements in a timely way and support them to publish robust statements.

Modern slavery statements help reduce the risk of forced labour being used in UK supply chains by increasing transparency and allowing consumers to make informed choices.

The nature of modern slavery and complexity of global supply chains means it is highly unlikely that any sector or business is immune from the risks.

If a statement shows there is a risk of modern slavery in a company’s supply chains, the statement allows them to demonstrate the steps they are taking to address it year on year.

As part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, some companies are legally required to publish statements if all of the following criteria apply:

  • it is a ‘body corporate’ or a partnership, wherever incorporated or formed
  • it carries on a business, or part of a business, in the UK
  • it supplies goods or services
  • it has an annual turnover of £36 million or more

Modern slavery statements can bring a number of business benefits including:

  • protecting and enhancing an organisation’s reputation and brand
  • protecting and growing the organisation’s customer base as more consumers seek out businesses with higher ethical standards
  • improved investor confidence
  • greater staff retention and loyalty based on values and respect
  • developing more responsive, stable and innovative supply chains

Government guidance on publishing an annual modern slavery statement to help identify if your organisation needs to publish a modern slavery statement and how to upload to the registry is included on their modern slavery statements page (external website)

In the news

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