It is estimated there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery around the world, 13,000 of them in the UK. IOSH has published a white paper which calls on governments, employers and the public to fight against it. Its launch, in September 2019, comes as the UK Government is consulting on recommendations made in a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
To inform the white paper, IOSH commissioned YouGov to ask a sample of the British population for their thoughts about modern slavery. We had 2,071 respondents, of whom: 63 per cent are concerned modern slavery is involved in products or services they use, 84 per cent want national awareness campaigns, and 76 per cent believe all organisations legally required to make modern slavery statements must say how they tackle it.
Tackling modern slavery together
The introduction of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act
was an important step. But much more should
be done. The Act should be strengthened, with a
lower reporting threshold, reporting from the public
sector, better quality statements, removal of the
‘taken no steps’ reporting option and creation of a
government-run registry for disclosures, along with
a list of organisations that should report.