How we can help Building capacity on the UN Guiding Principles and meeting the requirements of Modern Slavery legislation

Business has an obligation to respect human rights in their own operations, associated with their products and services and through their business relationships. International guidance on business and human rights (i.e. UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement and modern slavery-type legislation in the UK, US, Australia) encourages organisations to adopt a holistic approach to assessing and mitigating adverse human rights and modern slavery.

The global slavery index has reported that in 2016 there were more than an estimated 40.3million victims of slavery.  Whilst sexual exploitation is still a serious problem and accounts for a large proportion of the victims, labour exploitation accounts for 19.6million victims – nearly half of the total. In addition to this, 1 in 4 of these victims are children.

Action Sustainability can help with all aspects of human rights and modern slavery, including:

  • Review or develop human rights and modern slavery strategy and policies
  • Gap analysis assessments against human rights and modern slavery legislation and best practice requirements
  • Develop human rights and modern slavery statements
  • Carry out human rights and modern slavery due diligence and risk mapping across your operations and supply chains
  • Develop targets, KPIs and metrics and establish monitoring and review processes to aid continuous improvement and help inform your yearly human rights and modern slavery commitments
  • Review grievance and complaint mechanisms to ensure they comply with best practice and support the needs of victims
  • Train, educate and build internal capacity to understand the implications of the UN Guiding Principles and Modern Slavery legislation, both internally and externally for your supply chain

Action Sustainability has been training supply chains on how to respond to the UK Modern Slavery Act for more than two years. We can deliver modern slavery fundamentals training courses or can work with you to develop your own bespoke training materials that include: e-learning modules, toolbox talks or face to face workshops.

We have experience in supply chain mapping to identify global modern slavery risks and opportunities across complex, multi-national supply chains.


Aaron Reid, Sustainable Supply Chain Manager, Balfour Beatty- “Action Sustainability have been instrumental in shaping our sectors understanding of the issues around the MSA and in developing support and solutions to help us to respond to them.”

Dan Firth – Sustainable Procurement Manager, Interserve – “Action Sustainability, and Helen Carter in particular, have developed a strong capability to support companies responding to the Modern Slavery Act. This includes a knowledge base of materials that provide understanding of the Act and guidance on how to embed the necessary changes in a company’s policy and processes. They are acknowledged as experts in the construction and FM sectors, and Helen is a respected conference speaker.”

Delegate – ICM Supplier Conference, Florida – Today’s procurement professionals must understand how to deal with all kinds of risk; a good practical session on how to deal with very difficult challenges with suppliers where there is risk to their employees, local environment and community; we all have a responsibility to our companies, our customers and to our own standards in our home nations.

Why you should be working with Action Sustainability

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We lead collaborative groups of businesses to develop the capacity of their supply chains, like our award winning Supply Chain School.