With Theresa May pledging her support for the eradication of modern slavery and putting her weight behind the Modern Slavery Act, there is little doubt that the foodservice and hospitality industry will come under scrutiny in the months ahead as to the rigor within its supply chain, especially in areas where the labour provenance may be hard to track i.e. sub-contractors and casual labour on an international scale.
And Andy Tyson, Co-Founder and Director of Trade Interchange – a leading provider of supplier management software for prominent foodservice companies – is urging groups to take note now, with regards to adherence of the Modern Slavery Act, which gained Royal Assent and became law in March 2015.
“After the uncertainty of Brexit, it is good to see that our new Prime Minister is totally committed to the eradication of modern slavery, and not only will the Act remain in place, it is clearly going to be policed strongly, as emphasised in Theresa May’s article in this week’s (30/7/2016) Sunday Telegraph. That means it is more important than ever for operators and groups to ensure they are compliant and have the right management tools in place – as, no doubt, those caught will be facing the consequences.
“The Act introduces a Transparency in Supply Chain Provisions clause, which requires businesses in the UK, with a turnover of over £36 million, to disclose the steps they are taking to stamp out modern slavery – including in their supply chain. The first thing we advise at Trade Interchange, in preparation for the Modern Slavery Statement, is that operators make sure that their supply chain is fully monitored. This highlights potential risks and current problems that can be addressed and loopholes promptly closed.
“Just as Britain took a “historic stand to ban slavery two centuries ago” Britain will continue to defeat modern slavery and operators need to ensure their supply chains are up to scratch.”