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Our Anti-Slavery Policy
In 2015 the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act, the first piece of UK legislation focusing on the prevention and prosecution of modern slavery and the protection of victims. After much debate, the government included a provision on transparency in supply chains, which came into force in October of that year.
What is the scale of modern slavery?
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are 21 million people around the world trapped in some form of forced labour, the term it uses to describe all forms of modern slavery, including trafficking, debt bondage and child labour. In the UK an estimated 13,000 people are working as slaves in agriculture, hospitality, fishing, private homes, brothels, nail bars and cannabis farms. The UN says modern slavery and trafficking is now the second-largest criminal industry in the world, with the ILO putting annual profits from forced labour at $150bn.
What is the new supply chain provision for?
The new transparency in supply chains provision in the Modern Slavery Act aims to rout out the slavery lurking in many supply chains. In the past few years investigations into commodities tainted by slavery have included prawns from Thailand, debt bondage and forced labour in the global electronics industry and claims of the trafficking of migrant workers into the Scottish and Irish fishing industries.
The new provision makes companies accountable for slavery and labour abuses occurring along their whole chain of operations. The idea is to ensure no slavery is linked to any British products or services and to show consumers, investors and employees that companies are taking a proactive stance.
Reliable Contractors have a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. It is our policy to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure Modern Slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or that of our supply chain.
As part of our contracting process, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude. We expect all our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
The prevention, detection and reporting of Modern Slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. All our staff members are encouraged to raise concerns about any issues or suspicion of Modern Slavery in any parts of our business or the supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
Reliable Contractors are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that Modern Slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our business or supply chain. Our zero tolerance approach of Modern Slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.