Raising awareness of Modern Slavery within a company and its supply chains is a hot topic at the moment, but are all countries adopting the same approach to regulation and enforcement?
The answer is No, below we summarise what 3 countries are doing to police Modern Slavery, but there are some countries in the world still not regulating it.
Foreign companies operating in the U.K. must comply with the country’s regulations as well as UK companies operating at home and abroad. However, the most enforceable clause merely requires a plan to evaluate and address modern slavery problems, something many companies already do.
France, by contrast, goes further , requiring a mechanism to receive alerts of violations from workers as well as the organisations that serve them locally within a company’s “plan of vigilance.” Companies without this mechanism could be charged up to £10 million ($11.2 million).
U.S. laws, meanwhile, control imports rather than companies.
Although companies with operations in California, much like the U.K., must report on anti-slavery initiatives.
Reporting legislation is often perceived as toothless, however the U.K. Department of Justice is showing a willingness to enforce the rules.
With the new rule in France, and a similar although more spotty anti-slavery infrastructure in the U.S., compliance for global companies will become increasingly important.
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