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Modern Slavery Act UK

Transparency in supply chains provision
WithSunil Rao

The UK supply chain transparency and reporting requirement on which this chapter focuses is found in Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK), 1 and not in a separate legislative instrument, as in California and Australia. The UK provision also goes beyond its precursor Californian legislation. 2 It broadens the scope of disclosure regimes of this type by requiring large organisations of all kinds – not just retailers and manufacturers – to issue an annual statement disclosing the steps they have taken, or not taken, to combat modern slavery offences occurring in their own operations and supply chains. This chapter traces the legislative history of the UK Act from December 2013 to a recent review of the Act in 2018 and the UK Government response in 2019, focusing on the transparency in supply chains provision.