Strategic Plan for Private Sector Engagement

Priority 4: To engage with the private sector to promote policies to ensure that supply chains are free from slavery and to encourage effectual transparency reporting

How is this going to be achieved?


4.1 Ensuring supply chains are not tainted by slavery

4.11 Working with trade bodies and businesses to identify, promote and encourage best practice in ethical labour practices and supply chain transparency.

4.12 Promoting understanding of the Transparency in Supply Chains section of the Modern Slavery Act and encouraging best practice in policy responses and reporting.

4.13 Development of targeted initiatives with particular sectors where slavery is likely to be prevalent.

4.14 Partnering with the airline sector and other transport networks to promote awareness.

4.15 Working with Police Chief Constables to encourage engagement with Chief Executive Officers of companies in at-risk industries in their areas.

4.16 Engaging with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority on the development of effective prevention models in the UK and internationally.


4.2 Combating labour exploitation in the UK

4.21 Making recommendations for improved victimcentred, pro-active labour inspection in the UK that covers key sectors where exploitation is taking place, building on the existing good work of inspectorates.

4.22 Making recommendations that ensure labour inspectorates have the necessary powers and remits to effectively combat labour exploitation.

4.23 Working with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to promote their victim-centred model across the European Union and beyond.


4.3 Financial sector engagement

4.31 Working with partners to engage with the financial sector to encourage development of initiatives and tools to tackle the unwitting facilitation of modern slavery crime.


How will we know that the response is improving?

  • Businesses subject to the Transparency in Supply Chains section of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to be fully compliant with the reporting guidelines.
  • Best-practice models of business and supply chain transparency to be established and widely adopted.
  • Development of effective prevention partnerships between Chief Constables and CEOs across the country.
  • Improved labour inspection models to be implemented across the UK, resulting in increased victim identifications and better prevention.
  • Development of partnerships between statutory agencies and the financial sector to target illicit money flows.
  • An increase in Suspicious Activity Reports from banks and financial organisations, resulting in investigations into modern slavery crime.

Areas of focus

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