Muon Events has partnered with the University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform and CLT Envirolaw to launch a new training programme for businesses to understand their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act.
The news follows the conviction of an extended Lincolnshire family for running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in "truly shocking" conditions for decades.
The Green Growth Platform’s Director, Zoë Osmond, said: “Modern slaves in the UK are often said to be hidden in plain sight. Although no respectable business would choose to be associated with human rights abuses and exploitation, sectors with fragmented supply chains, covering raw material production, manufacturing and site labour, alongside opaque procurement processes and high demand for migrant labour, are especially vulnerable."
The Modern Slavery Act introduced in March 2015 affects all businesses, requiring them to keep a careful eye on their own employment practices, as well as third parties with whom they have a business relationship. The Act requires every business trading in the UK with over £36m turnover to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement on their website showing the steps they have taken to increase transparency within their supply chain.
In the event of any allegations or litigation against a company’s working practices, this statement would form the basis of a legal defence and serves to mitigate damage to a company’s reputation.
The Act also affects smaller companies, who are having to address their supply chains in response to buyers requesting visibility of supply chain risk.
The half day training session in Chichester on 15th February 2018 will cover:
Ms Osmond said: “This training is relevant across all business sectors. Within Sussex, this might be relevant to some agricultural companies, construction contractors or the hospitality sector. It will benefit companies wishing to maintain the reputation of their company, and those responsible for delivering training in relation to the recruitment and placement of workers, including; CEOs, directors, compliance managers, contract managers, technical and field managers, labour co-ordinators, recruitment managers, ethical auditors, HR managers and training managers.”
The training course will be held at Chichester Cathedral on 15th February 2018. Tickets can be booked online at http://muonevents.com/ggp-slavery