Modern slavery policy

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What's a modern slavery policy, and when do you need it?

You must have one of these policies in place for your employees and workers. The template makes clear that it applies to all persons working for your business, or on your behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Modern slavery commonly called ‘slavery’, ‘child labour’ and/or ‘human-trafficking’ is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. These are heinous activities that the policy emphasises your business will never engage in or condone. It also references your commitment to complying with your legal (including disclosure) obligations relating to your supply chains, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The template confirms that failure by any worker or other associate of your business to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal or termination of the relevant contract.

Our experts recommend that you do not give this policy contractual status in any employment contract that you put in place, but that you do reference it in that contract, make clear that the employee is expected to comply with the policy and that you have the right to update or revise it, in your discretion and when you want to.

This template includes all the statutory requirements, as well as optional elements for you to consider.