Last edited 25 Sep 2023

Modern slavery


Modern slavery is the recruitment and harbouring of humans through the use of force, abuse, deception, and coercion for exploitative purposes. It is estimated that there are more than 45 million people subject to modern slavery in the world today.

The construction sector is particularly vulnerable to modern slavery because of its extended supply chain, opaque procurement processes, skills shortage and high demand for migrant labour. This means that supply chains can conceal human rights abuses and exploitation.

The Modern Slavery Act was introduced in March 2015 to tackle slavery in the UK and in the supply chains of major UK corporations. It aims to prevent modern slavery in organisations by increasing the transparency of company practices.

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