Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 applies to larger commercial organisations who have an obligation to produce an annual ‘transparency in supply chains’ statement. However, the Achilles audit requirements specify that all companies in the audit scheme should have an anti-slavery statement, which should be published on their website.
As a micro, professional consultancy with a limited supply chain, the scope for implementing such a statement is very limited. All our subconsultants are highly skilled professionals and have long-term working relationships with NES and we do not go out to tender for subconsultancy services; we do not therefore identify a risk of slavery arising from this part of the supply chain. The rest of our supply chain comprises several office and equipment suppliers, which we ensure have sufficient anti-slavery policies in place.