Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act
requires commercial organisations that operate in the UK and have an annual turnover above £36m to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address and prevent the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains; it is also known as the Transparency in Supply Chains clause (TISC). A number of key stakeholders that were influential in securing the inclusion of the TISC clause also advocated for the Government to create a central registry that would host modern slavery statements. The Government has maintained its position that it will not establish a central registry, however, it does agree that it is a valuable resource.
The Modern Slavery Registry provides this resource. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and its partners agree that a central registry should meet a core set of criteria and be: independent, accountable to the public interest, robust, credible, free, open, accessible and sustainable in the long term. A resource that meets these criteria will enable stakeholders to analyse whether statements are in compliance with the legislation and analyse the quality of reporting.
This Registry is guided and supported by a governance committee which includes: Freedom Fund, Humanity United, Freedom United, Anti-Slavery International, the Ethical Trading Initiative, CORE Coalition, UNICEF UK, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Trades Union Congress and Oxfam GB.
The following official supporters recommend the Modern Slavery Registry as the central registry for statements published pursuant to the UK Modern Slavery Act:
- ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility)
- The Law Society
- Business Social Compliance Initiative (a Foreign Trade Association initiative)