MSA requires that the statements are visible and easily accessible to the public. This means that the statement should be available on the website of a particular company, and ideally that there must be a prominent link to this statement on the homepage or landing page of the company’s website.
By having the statement in a prominent place on the homepage of the website, it is available to anyone who wishes to read it. Many of the statements that have been collected on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Modern Slavery Act Registry were buried in the companies’ websites.
For further information on publishing the statement please refer to the Home Office Guidance, page 15.
This metric is about finding out whether the company complied with requirement to link to their statement from the homepage of their website. To research this metric first navigate to the company's home page. You will probably have to add a new source representing the homepage, so click the "Add a new source" button and enter the company's homepage URL as the new source.
If a link to the company's Modern Slavery Act statement appears on the homepage of their website, a value of "Yes" should be added, and it should cite the homepage URL as the source. If no mention of the Modern Slavery Act statement can be found on the company's homepage, a "No" value should be added, and it should cite the URL of the homepage where you looked for the statement as it's source.
A good starting point to researching this metric is to use a search engine to search for the company name, click through to company's website, and perform a search on this page (ctrl+f) for terms like "slavery" or "trafficking".
If a link to the company's Modern Slavery Act statement can be found within an appropriately titled drop-down menu on the homepage, this is sufficient for giving the company a "Yes" value. So, before entering a "No" value please take a quick look in any drop-down menus that might contain a link to the statement.
Some companies have a separate "corporate" website (e.g. btplc.com is the corporate site of BT Group), if this is the case then placement on the homepage of this site counts for a "Yes" value.
When adding a "Yes" value, please include a short comment explaining where you found the link.
When researching this metric the "Year" field should be set to the current year.