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Research shows that 62% of people don’t know anything about the Modern Slavery Act

In our latest survey into modern slavery, we identified that 62% of people don’t know anything about the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Also, only 20% of respondents said their employer has a modern slavery statement.

As discussed in our previous blog post, examples of modern slavery can be found everywhere. From children being exploited in sweatshops, labour exploitation, to trafficked chicken catchers on our own shores; modern slavery is endemic.

The government introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation to mandate organisations to detail their supply chain practices, as well as to encourage businesses to make demonstrable steps to ending slavery.

Our survey recently asked over 500 participants to demonstrate their awareness and understanding of modern slavery. Most of the respondents were aware that slavery exists in the UK, and 84% are keen to see the £36 million threshold lowered for businesses that must produce modern slavery statements; an online document outlining what they intend to fight the slavery.

Paul Ellis, managing director at Wax Digital thinks businesses need to assume more responsibility in the fight against modern slavery. He said: “The data we collected from our study is a yardstick of how the public feels about modern slavery. But it also demonstrates that businesses – ourselves included – need to do more to teach their employees about the dangers of it.

“Only by raising awareness of modern slavery, can we participate in the solution to reduce and end the practice for good.”

The survey is just the beginning of a campaign we’re running to raise awareness of modern slavery and ethical sourcing. We held a roundtable discussion on the 14th May 2019 at our annual customer user event Fusion event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester.

You can read about the roundtable discussion here, but the event was attended by over 80 people and had speakers from Wildhearts Group, LV and NFU Mutual.

Other notable statistics from our survey include:

  • 70% of respondents say that their employer hasn’t spoken to them about modern slavery;
  • 62% don’t know if the modern slavery act goes far enough;
  • When asked people if they knew their employer had a modern slavery statement, 56.4% said they didn’t know.

You can get the full results of the study by contacting us here.

If you’d like more information about modern slavery and its different forms, you can read this blog post. Otherwise, please share your thoughts on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.