Statutory guidance

Slavery and human trafficking in supply chains: guidance for businesses

Government guidance for organisations on how to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in their business or supply chains.


Transparency in supply chains: a practical guide

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Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires certain organisations to develop a slavery and human trafficking statement each year. The slavery and human trafficking statement should set out what steps organisations have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains.

This document provides guidance on:

  • who is required to publish a statement
  • how to write a slavery and human trafficking statement
  • how to approve and publish the statement

Additional resources

You can find additional guidance below, that you may find helpful as you address the modern slavery risks in your business’ operations and supply chains.

Core Coalition Short Guides on Modern Slavery Reporting

Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code Guidance: Modern Slavery

Walk Free Foundation Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Guide 1.0

Respect International Resource Centre

You can find more useful resources in annex G of the guidance document above.

Published 29 October 2015
Last updated 22 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Removal of link to outdated corona virus guidance.

  2. Added a link to the Coronavirus (COVID-19): reporting modern slavery for businesses guidance page.

  3. Updated to add html version of the report - text and content unchanged

  4. Additional resources added to the details section.

  5. New modern slavery business guidance added.

  6. Updated guidance published.

  7. First published.