31 March 2016 is a key date in the life of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Businesses whose financial year ended on that date are the first who are required to publish an annual supply chain transparency statement.
The legal requirement – as set out in Section 54 of the Act – seems straightforward: every business trading in the UK which has a turnover of at least £36m must publish an annual statement setting out the steps it has taken to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in its business or supply chains. The statement must be approved by the board and signed by a director (or equivalent) and published on the business's website, with a prominent link on its homepage.
Download our PDF guide which outlines what the statement should look like, what businesses are doing to comply, and how our Supply Chain Transparency Reporting Compliance Pack can help.