The government has sought to combat and prevent modern slavery through the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which covers the offences of slavery, human trafficking, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
Tackling modern slavery in the construction sector
Earlier this month, the new prime minister Theresa May announced a further crackdown on modern slavery, revealing that a new taskforce will be established to tackle what she calls ‘the great human rights issue of our time’.
The Modern Slavery Act - its HR impact in the construction sector
Construction firms face a higher risk of modern slavery taking place due to the way they source labour. Use of contractors, sub-contractors and agencies distance the organisation from the sourcing process, leaving them open to risk.