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Modern Slavery Working Group

In line with its mission to address global issues through practical local action, the UN Global Compact Network UK launched its Modern Slavery Working Group (MSWG) following the UK’s adoption of the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) in 2015. This working group explores challenges and best practices, as well as providing an interactive platform for companies interested in complying with S.54 of the MSA.

We have now completed our 2020 Modern Slavery Working Group Annual Report. This report summarises the key takeaways from UNGC UK's 2020 Modern Slavery Working Group meetings. Key features include an overview of modern slavery and the impact of Covid-19, discussing the limitations of Section 54 Modern Slavery Act, and highlighting possible tools and solutions. This valuable resource can be downloaded by completing the form opposite. >>>

The purpose of the MSWG is to:

  • Bring participating UK Network members together with experts to explore modern slavery issues;
  • Support members in implementing the MSA provisions; and
  • Share challenges and best practice.

Previous guest speakers include Dame Sara Thornton (Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner), Baroness Young of Hornsey, Patricia Carrier (BHRRC), Neil Wain (Hope for Justice), and Klara Skrivankova (Anti-Slavery International).

MSWG members also participate in the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) Peer Review Programme, which aims at helping them obtain feedback from peers on their MSA statements. It creates a ‘safe’ environment where businesses can have candid conversations about the challenges of producing an MSA statement and exchange constructive criticism.

The MSWG convenes quarterly and is currently at full capacity. If you would like to find out more and/or register your interest, please contact Senior Programme Manager, Bee Delgado or Project Manager, Marcella Mizzi. Please note that there is a waiting list for this working group.