Anti-Slavery Day - 18th October
Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem. It was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.
Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.
Did you know?
- An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage
- There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world with 1 in 4 victims being children
- Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labour imposed by state authorities
- British nationals made up the highest number of cases for the first time in 2017 with 5,145 potential victims of trafficking and slavery
- UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 is one of the most far reaching pieces of legislation in the world addressing issues of modern slavery. It states that companies must publish an annual statement if they have sales of more than £36 million and if some or all their business is in the UK. It must confirm the steps taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking are absent from the business and supply chain or they must declare that no steps have been taken
What is modern slavery?
The following definitions are encompassed within the term 'modern slavery' for the purposes of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. These are:
- 'slavery': is where ownership is exercised over a person
- servitude': involves the obligation to provide services imposed by coercion
- 'forced or compulsory labour': involves work or service extracted from any person under the menace of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself voluntarily
- 'human trafficking': concerns arranging or facilitating the travel of another with a view to exploiting them
Eradicating modern slavery is critically important as the human rights abuses and deprivation of workers' rights will no longer be tolerated by society. To this end, we have developed and issued a policy on modern slavery here
We as a business must take steps to ascertain, manage and monitor our human rights impacts. Our policy aims to ensure:
- we have an organisation structure including our supply chains
- undertake risk assessment and management of the risks
- a due diligence process is in place with key performance indicators to measure effectiveness
- you are trained and informed on modern slavery and trafficking
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