Beyond Compliance: The Modern Slavery Act Research Project


Documenting the impact of new legislative acts is an indispensable tool for improving the effectiveness of this legislation and advancing business practice. This is why the Walk Free Foundation and WikiRate partnered in 2016 to assess the modern slavery statements produced as a result of the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act. With the publication of the project’s initial findings, we hope to move beyond compliance, providing an analysis of the content of the statements being produced, as well as drawing attention to both promising, and less promising, business practice. In doing so, we can both unlock the content of these statements and provide others with the metrics we have developed to assess business activities to combat modern slavery.