Companies Act 2006: Slavery

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th July 2020.

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Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to update the Companies Act 2006 to include explicit reference to modern slavery and supply chains.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

UK listed companies are currently required to report on human rights impacts material to their business as part of their annual reports.

Separately, the Modern Slavery Act specifically requires UK large businesses to publish supply chain transparency statements in a prominent place on their website.

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