Justice Minister Naomi Long has today launched two consultation documents on measures to eradicate modern slavery from the supply chains of public and commercial sector organisations.
Transparency in supply chains (TISC) involves relevant businesses publishing a modern slavery statement and setting out the steps they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of their business or supply chains.
The proposed changes will see a strengthening of the TISC arrangements for commercial businesses with a turnover of £36m or more and will give effect to UK-wide arrangements which the Home Office consulted on during summer 2019.
The main proposed legislative changes will mean that:
- The areas that modern slavery statements must cover will be mandated by law. If organisations have taken no steps within an area, they will have to state this clearly in their statement.
- A new government-run reporting service will be introduced to provide eligible businesses with a facility to register their statements.
- A single reporting deadline is to be introduced to report on the same twelve-month period (April to March).
Consideration is also being given by the Home Office to enforcement options, including financial penalties, in line with the development of a Single Enforcement Body.
The consultation also seeks views on proposals to extend TISC requirements to Northern Ireland’s public sector organisations with a budget of £36m or more for the first time.
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