Columbia University - Modern Slavery Act Research
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Columbia University - Modern Slavery Act Research
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Description

The UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act became law in the UK on 26th March 2015. Under Section 54 of the legislation, a commercial organisation that has an annual turnover of over £36 million and with operations in the UK has to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each year. The statement should set out the steps the company has taken to ensure there is no slavery or trafficking in its supply chains and its own business, or state that it has taken no such steps.

The legislation does not prescribe what these statements should include, but provides some suggestions that the statement describe relevant policies, due diligence processes, risk assessment and risk management mechanisms, training programmes, and the means by which the company measure the effectiveness of these approaches. Guidance issued by the Home Office also provides additional support for companies.

Project Goals

To evaluate the quality of Modern Slavery Statements that are produced by companies in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act. This year we want to establish a baseline against which we can measure the impact of Section 54 on companies, and in turn, on modern slavery.

What is modern slavery?

Modern Slavery is a term used to describe various offences, including forced labour, slavery, servitude, and human trafficking. The offences are set out in section 1 and section 2 of the Act.

 

Find out more about modern slavery:

Suggested reading:

  1. 27 statements from FTSE 100 companies by Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

  2. Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and Guidance issued under the Act

  3. CIPs guidance

  4. Walk Free "Tackling modern slavery 1.0" guide

  5. Statements can be found here

 

Further Guidance:

Check out the following example company to see how the project organisers have researched these metrics:

 

Watch the tutorial on adding to this research project:

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Of 660 potential records (44 Companies x 15 Metrics), 631 have been added so far.
Company Metrics Researched
Adidas AG+image
Adidas AG
Research
America Fujikura Ltd
North Carolina (United States)
Research
American Eagle Outfitters+image
American Eagle Outfitters
Pennsylvania (United States)
Research
Anritsu Corporation+Image
Anritsu Corporation
Research
Asos+Image
Asos
United Kingdom
Research
Axalta UK
Research
B&M European Value Retail S.A.
Research
Bang & Olufsen+image
Bang & Olufsen
Denmark
Research
Bank of America+image
Bank of America
North Carolina (United States)
Research
Barentz International B.V
Research
Bestseller AS
Research
BioMarin Pharmaceutical+Image
BioMarin Pharmaceutical
California (United States)
Research
Boohoo.Com
Research
Burberry Group plc+image
Burberry Group plc
United Kingdom
Research
Caleres Inc+Image
Caleres Inc
Missouri (United States)
Research
Cantel Medical Corp
New Jersey (United States)
Research
Capcom Group+Image
Capcom Group
Research
Carter's Inc+Image
Carter's Inc
Research
Catalent+Image
Catalent
Research
Cato Corp
North Carolina (United States)
Research
Chico's FAS Inc+Image
Chico's FAS Inc
Research
Clinique Laboratories, LLC+Image
Clinique Laboratories, LLC
New York (United States)
Research
Dell Inc.+image
Dell Inc.
Texas (United States)
Research
Devro plc
Research
ED&F Man Group
Research
Elliott Group Limited
Research
Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited+Image
Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited
United Kingdom
Research
FedEx+image
FedEx
Tennessee (United States)
Research
Futures Housing Group
Research
GAME Digital
Research
GPS Food Group UK
Research
Groupe EUROTUNNEL+Image
Groupe EUROTUNNEL
France
Research
Hanwa
Research
Heart of England Co-operative Society Ltd
United Kingdom
Research
Ingenico Group+Image
Ingenico Group
France
Research
Moy Park Ltd
Research
Nexen+Image
Nexen
Quebec (Canada)
Research
PRA Health Sciences Inc.+Image
PRA Health Sciences Inc.
North Carolina (United States)
Research
Walk Free Foundation+Image
Walk Free Foundation
United Kingdom
Research
Wessanen UK
Research
Wm Morrison Supermarkets+Image
Wm Morrison Supermarkets
United Kingdom
Research
Workspace+image
Workspace
United Kingdom
Research
Wurth UK Limited+Image
Wurth UK Limited
Germany
Research
Wynnstay Group PLC
United Kingdom
Research

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