ACT to END Supply Chain Slavery Modern Slavery Risk Mitigation and Continuous Improvement Programme

Businesses have an obligation to respect human rights in their own operations, associated  products and services and through their business relationships. International guidance and local legislation means businesses must adopt new approaches to assess and mitigate adverse human rights and modern slavery.

Since the Modern Slavery Act came into force in 2015, there have been tireless efforts to raise awareness and expose trades and areas where labour exploitation and abuse of human rights is prevalent.  In this time, Action Sustainability has inspired over 1,200 people to implement better labour standards into business as usual activity.

Action Sustainability and Ardea International have partnered to bring you the ACT to END Supply Chain Slavery Programme, designed for modern slavery risk mitigation and continuous improvement. Using our combined experience in legal and supply chain excellence this programme is designed to help you, wherever you are in your ACT to END journey.

Our programme is designed to fit your organisation’s needs, whether you are at the start of the journey through raising awareness of modern slavery, or have progressed to embedding activities which combat slavery as part of business as usual.

The ACT to END programme

The programme entails three elements you can adopt sequentially, or select areas that support your organisation’s bespoke maturity.
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Build Awareness

Training and awareness raising activities designed to:
  • Build basic understanding
  • Further upskill and support individuals within your organisation who have particular responsibility to tackle labour exploitation

Perform Evaluation

Evaluate your organisation’s response and mitigation plan including:
  • Compile your effective Modern Slavery statement
  • Utilise assessment tools to review statement compliance and/or capability
  • Embed best practice labour practices as business as usual
  • Bespoke plan delivery within your chosen time scales which suits your needs and resources

Design Implementation

Implement your own requirements or build on the Perform assessment to support you in areas where you require expertise:
  • Create the right policy
  • Design an engagement strategy to drive transparency in your supply chains
  • Develop and deliver a due diligence plan
  • Supply chain risk assessment and hotspot identification

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

Our services

  • Review and develop human rights & modern slavery strategies and policies
  • Provide gap analyses against legislation and best practice requirements
  • Devise human rights and modern slavery statements
  • Implement due diligence and risk mapping across operations and supply chains
  • Develop targets, KPIs and metrics and monitoring to boost continuous improvement and assure annual commitments
  • Review grievance and complaint mechanisms to ensure compliance with best practice and apprpriate victim support
  • Train, educate and build internal capacity to recognise and implement UN Guiding Principles and Modern Slavery legislation, both internally and externally for the supply chain

Programme delivery partners 

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“Morgan Sindall has had invaluable support from Action Sustainability with regards to shaping an action plan to combat modern slavery within our extensive supply chain. The depth of experience of their team has helped us in identifying areas of risk, and working alongside our procurement team, it has resulted in the production of a best-in-class action plan that benefits from the close working commitment from the Action Sustainability team. Without doubt, they are to be considered leaders in this field” – Graham Edgell – Supply Chain Director, Morgan Sindall 

“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.”  Aaron Reid, Sustainable Supply Chain Manager, Balfour Beatty

“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.” – Dan Firth – Sustainable Procurement Manager, Interserve

“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.” – Delegate – ICM Supplier Conference, Florida

Why work with Action Sustainability

Thought leaders at the forefront of standards creation

We inspire. Through our social enterprise company, we push the boundaries of best practice by setting new standards, researching and disseminating new knowledge.

Positive impact, happy team, successful clients

We are global thought leaders, consultants, software developers and service providers in sustainable supply chain management. Our mission is to Inspire sustainable business.

Free sustainability training for all your staff at the School

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