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The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act gives law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these crimes and enhance support and protection for victims. See also Reporting Legal Proceedings.

The Act also require businesses over a certain size to disclose each year what action they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains

The Act applies to all organisations with a turnover, or group turnover of £36 million or more which are either incorporated in the UK or carry on a business in the UK. Commercial organisations must report annually on the steps that they have taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their own business or in their supply chains. Failure to comply can result in civil proceedings against the company.

Section 54 of the Act requires those organisations to prepare and publish an anti-slavery statement setting out the steps that they have taken during that financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in their supply chains and in any part of their own business.

Channel 4 takes a zero tolerance approach to slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, or human trafficking, within our own organisation or within our supply chain. Channel 4 completes an annual assessment of modern slavery risk in our supply chain, and risk assess our suppliers for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act, for example using factors such as sector and geography risk. Channel 4 also publishes an anti-slavery statement annually.