Organisations with a financial year end from 31 March 2016 must publish their modern slavery statement by next month. Has your organisation complied?

As athletes line up to race for medals at the Olympics in Rio, the race to drive up standards and comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is becoming a sprint.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations, supplying goods or services, with a turnover of £36 million or above to publish an annual statement setting out what they are doing to ensure that there is no modern slavery both in their own organisation and in any of their supply chains. The turnover calculation includes those organisations that are only carrying out part of their business in the UK, as well as including the turnover of foreign subsidiaries, so supply chains can be complex particularly as services are caught as well as goods.

The provisions came into force on 29 October 2015, however organisations were given some breathing space to comply. Transitional provisions provided that organisations with a financial year-end from 29 October up to and including 30 March 2016 are not required to make a slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2015/16.

Organisations with a financial year-end of 31 March 2016 onwards are required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2015/16 within 6 months of their financial year. For some, this could mean they have until September 2016 to comply. Time is ticking.

We have previously reported on what organisations need to do to comply. We have an expert team available to advise and assist together with an e-learning course.

Make sure your organisation is not left standing in the starting blocks.