Back to overview

The Modern Slavery (Amendments) Bill (the Bill)

United Kingdom Forthcoming 2021

The Bill would make it a criminal offence for a person responsible for a modern slavery statement, which would include all Directors, to knowingly or recklessly supply a false or materially incomplete statement. The only defence would be that a person was not guilty if they took all reasonable steps to ensure that the statement was corrected, and informed the Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner (the Commissioner) as soon as practicable after becoming aware that it contained information that was false or materially incomplete. The Bill also proposes minimum standards of disclosure, including requirements to publish and verify information about the country of origin of inputs in the supply chain; to arrange for credible external inspections and external audits; and to report the use of employment agents acting on behalf of an overseas government. It is a private amendment bill.

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Industry scope

All/none specified

Disclosure venue

Slavery Statements

Status

Forthcoming

Country

United Kingdom

Region

Europe

Date of publication

2021

Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Public law and regulation

Mandatory or voluntary

Mandatory

The geographical scope

National/federal