Slavery

Home Office written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many FTSE 100 companies did not comply with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government does not monitor compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The legislation was designed to harness pressure from civil society and we are pleased that NGOs are using company statements to hold businesses to account. Two independent repository websites have been set up to collate these statements. The Government is not involved in running or funding either website. Both websites make different estimates of the total number of statements published so far. The latest estimates can be accessed online at http://www.modernslaveryregistry.org and https://tiscreport.org

The Government is committed to working with businesses and civil society to drive greater compliance and higher quality reporting. The Home Secretary has established the ‘Business Against Slavery Forum’ with CEOs of 13 large multi-national corporations, which aims to accelerate progress in tackling modern slavery, by sharing best practice and offering support to smaller businesses. In October 2017 we wrote to over 10,000 businesses reminding them of their obligations to report and will be undertaking more direct communication activity this year.

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