Does the investor disclose it assesses investee companies prior to investment to identify potential modern slavery risk areas?

To meet this metric, the statement must mention that the investor assesses, or has assessed, investee companies prior to investment in terms of modern slavery risks. The assessment must be targeted towards modern slavery risks, not just broader human rights issues. This does not include ongoing monitoring, engagement, or assessment throughout the business relationship with the investee. This assessment can be negative (screening out of high risk companies) or positive (deliberately selecting 'ethical' investees). 

Please note that this metric refers to the assessment of investee companies, not suppliers. Assessment of risks relating to suppliers is covered under metrics such as the MSA risk assessment.

If the company discloses that it assesses investee companies prior to investment for modern slavery risks, please indicate “Yes”, and provide details.

If no pre-assessment exists or is described in the statement, please select "No".

* Note on choosing the Year of your answer

Read the MSA Statement carefully to find out what year it covers.

When a statement is referring to a Financial Year (FY) ending in Q1 or early Q2, it should be labeled with the previous year. Example:

  • Statement for FY2018/19 ending in April 2019 = 2018
  • Statement for FY2018/19 ending in May 2019 (or later) = 2019


As part of active engagement, investors should assess a company prior to investing in order to determine any potential modern slavery risks. 

This metric was developed by Walk Free, WikiRate, and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, to assess the statements produced by 91 asset managers identified as having to report under the UK Modern Slavery Act. For more information, please visit the project page.