“Businesses must be at the centre of the fight against modern slavery.” Kevin Hyland, OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
You may think modern slavery is something that is happening in a faraway place and has nothing to do with you or your business – think again.
Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors are invited to attend a free seminar on the afternoon of Monday 21 May.
Unchaining Modern Slavery in your Business.
This is being organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, with the support of the PCC’s Independent Business Advisory Group and the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership.
Modern slavery describes people in working conditions who cannot leave because of threats of physical violence against them or their family, or their wages being withheld. It is a crime that takes many forms, including; human trafficking, forced labour, servitude and sexual exploitation.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) currently estimates that over 40 million people in the world today are victims of modern slavery.
In 2013 it is estimated there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK. In 2017 alone, the police recorded a 159% increase in modern slavery offences in the UK.
Businesses are joining the fight to tackle modern slavery by investigating their supply chains and business operations to ensure risk of modern slavery is mitigated.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, believes tackling modern slavery requires a coordinated and united approach and wants to help businesses in Hertfordshire take the lead in tackling this heinous crime.
His office, with the support of the PCC’s Independent Business Advisory Group and Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership*, are hosting a seminar to raise awareness of modern slavery for Hertfordshire’s businesses.
Attend this seminar and discover:
- How serious exploitation can manifest and your role in responding and protecting individuals.
- How to comply with the legislative requirements for businesses under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as well as adopt good practice in the business sector.
- Potential tools that can be useful in conducting due diligence to check for risks of modern slavery in your supply chains and what to do if you identify high-risk hot spots.
- How to spot the signs of modern slavery and hear what the Police are doing to respond to this crime in Hertfordshire.
Tackling modern slavery is not something any organisation or agency can tackle in isolation; it is ‘Everybody’s Business’, requiring a commitment to active citizenship and corporate social responsibility.
*The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership (HMSP) consists of approximately 40 statutory and non-statutory agencies and charities as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the County Council and local authorities.
Coordinated by the Shiva Foundation (a corporate foundation addressing modern slavery in the UK), the HMSP has four primary goals: (1) prevent crime, (2) raise awareness about modern slavery, (3) identify, support, and protect victims, and (4) catch and prosecute criminals. The HMSP works proactively to increase proper training of front-line personnel, share key information between organisations, raise awareness, and coordinate a response to modern slavery.
Date and Time
Mon 21 May 2018
13:00 – 16:00
Hertfordshire Development Centre
For more information and to register click HERE
Published on: April 20, 2018