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Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) many organisations now have to prepare a section 54 Transparency in Supply Chains Statement (more usually known as a Modern Slavery Statement) This statement is designed to set out the actions taken to spot and mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in an organisation’s business and supply chains.

But how can you spot the signs of modern slavery in supply chains or a business? Here are 10 questions you should ask to probe supply chains and business activities for the ‘red flags’ that may indicate modern slavery and human trafficking are present or could be present.

The attached guide provides more detail on why asking these questions can help. It is not a definitive guide and it does not constitute legal advice. If in doubt members are advised to seek specialist and independent legal advice.

Ten questions to ask

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