Anti-Slavery Day: The Corporate Response to Modern Slavery and How BS 27500 Guidance Can Help

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A practical session that explores the corporate response to the UK MSA (2015). Perspectives will be provided by companies, civil society, investors and legal representatives to address questions on the Act’s including its provision, scope, impact, governance and recommendations to strengthen its utility. Members of the panel have been involved in the development of the BS27500 guidance standard for organisations and will reflect on how the standard can strengthen the response to addressing modern slavery risk.

On 2nd December 1949, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. 73 years later, whilst significant progress has been made towards the eradication of modern slavery, we find ourselves in a reality where 40 million people are victims of modern slavery globally. Following the adoption of the UN Convention, 2nd December marks the annual International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, where the focus is placed on tackling contemporary forms of slavery worldwide.

With this in mind, we would like you to join us for this webinar where we explore the corporate response to tackling modern slavery concerning the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).

Given the number of global and domestic crises that have impacted the UK over the last few years, from the Covid-19 pandemic to Brexit, and the war in Ukraine, the risk of vulnerable people being exploited and placed into contemporary slavery is increasing. This makes it essential, on this day of reflection, to address how businesses are dealing with their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and what they can do to improve their human rights due diligence.
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