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Deconstructing modern slavery

Paul Hodgson | February 7, 2017

More than two-thirds of attendees at a recent webinar on modern slavery in the construction industry said they were either just starting to address the issue or hadn’t started at all yet. At the end of the webinar, all the attendees felt that their organisation was at risk and indicated that they would be beginning an initiative on the issue immediately or very soon.

The webinar featured Karen Gray for LexisNexis, Jantine Werdmüller von Elgg from Stronger Together, Shamir Ghumra at building firm BRE, and Ian Nicholson from Responsible Solutions.  The construction industry’s particular risks in terms of exposure to modern slavery come from a number of areas, from labour and from materials, but also because of fragmented supply chains, transient employment and labour sub-packaging. In the United Kingdom, the Modern Slavery Act came into effect in 2015, requiring commercial organisations operating with an annual turnover of £36 million or more, to “prepare an annual statement...

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