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Modern slavery

It is estimated that in 2019 there were 40 million people in the world living in conditions of slavery or working under forced or compulsory conditions. In the UK there were over 5,000 cases reported and an estimated 136,000 victims.

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What is modern slavery and why does it matter?

Modern slavery is a serious and often hidden crime in which people are exploited for criminal gain. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 defines modern slavery which includes servitude and forced and compulsory labour, existing when a person is ‘held’ or ‘forced’ against their will by another person who knows or ought to know that the other person is being held in slavery or servitude or forced to perform compulsory labour.

Chartered Accountants are in a unique position to effect real and permanent change. Here you will find practical guidance, webinars and other resources, brought to you by the Business and Management Faculty and Business Law Department, related to modern slavery, how to spot it and how to report it.

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Webinars

Forthcoming webinars

Date Webinar title Accessibility and cost Booking
22 April 2021 From Asos to Arcadia: how do boards stay on top of trends?
Find out how boards have coped with immense change and explores why some business struggle in disruption while others emerge successful.
Free to Business and Management Faculty members and subscribers and certain ICAEW communities Book now
TBC Modern slavery: when things go wrong – a case study Details to follow Coming soon
TBC Modern slavery: is it hiding in your supply chain? Details to follow Coming soon

On-demand webinars

Date recorded Webinar title Accessibility and cost Booking
28 September 2021

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - how to spot supply chain risk
This webinar considers anticipated changes to the Modern Slavery Act and the potential implications for business and supply chain compliance and transparency.

Free to ICAEW Members and non members Watch now
17 March 2021 Modern slavery: how to prepare a s54 statement – a case study
Pentland Brands explains its approach to preparing a section 54 statement, including how it has evolved over the years and the challenges faced.
Free to Business and Management Faculty members and subscribers Watch now
 1 December 2020  5144 reasons you should take the Modern Slavery Act seriously
This webinar from the Business and Management Faculty will provide background on the Act itself, international context and potential developments.
Free to Business and Management Faculty members and subscribers and certain ICAEW communities Watch now
20 October 2020 Supply chain assurance in the retail sector
Join this webinar to hear Abigail Harper take you through a risk-based approach to providing supply chain assurance within the retail sector.
Free to Business and Management Faculty members and subscribers Watch now

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