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United Kingdom
Metric Type
Value Type
Research Policy
Community Assessed
Report Type
Modern Slavery Statement
Katharine Bryant

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 was one of the first legislations of its kind in the world. The result of the introduction of the Act is that all commercial organisations with an annual turnover of over £36 million in the UK must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. However, the extent to which the introduction of the Act has shaped the modern slavery policies of companies is currently unknown. Knowing whether or not a company has shaped their modern slavery policy in response to the Act, helps us to better understand the normative impact that the Act may have had on company behaviour. 


This metric is asking whether the company’s statement identifies any changes to their policies and due diligence which came about as a direct result of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Some companies specifically say in their statement that their behaviour has changed as a result of the Act. 

Examples of this type of change include:

  1. Updating the company’s code of conduct and/or supplier code
  2. Developing a new modern slavery policy 
  3. Changing their risk assessment strategy
  4. Updating their supplier contracts
  5. Developing (or adapting) their training programme
  6. Developing new key performance indicators

In each case, for the answer value to be ‘yes’ the company must say that a change has occurred as a direct result of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

If the company identifies one or more changes which have occurred as a direct result of the Act, enter the answer value ‘Yes’. 

Where there is no information given about whether the Act has shaped the company’s policy, please enter a ‘No’ value.

For each value, please include a comment that copies relevant information from the statement. 

* 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, it should be labeled with the previous year.


Statement for FY2018/19 ending in March 2019 = 2018

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