Action on the Modern Slavery Act

words: Alison Wilson

The Modern Slavery Act came into force in October 2015, setting out a range of measures as to how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK.

It applies to all organisations with a turnover of £36 million or more – so Golden Charter must comply with its requirements. The main impact on Golden Charter is the requirement to publish an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’, detailing the steps we have taken to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking place in our business or supply chain.

Our statement will be placed on the Golden Charter website following the publication of the annual accounts later this summer.

In order to ensure that we are complying with the Act, all departments within Golden Charter have detailed their contractors and suppliers and assessed these relationships to determine whether there is a significant risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place.

Given the nature of our activities and the geographical locations in which they are based (wholly within the UK), we have found no suppliers and contractors that we consider to have a significant risk in this area.

In addition, we are reviewing our agreements with suppliers, including our funeral director network, to ensure that all companies working with us are aware of our commitment to complying with the Modern Slavery Act. Golden Charter expects all suppliers, regardless of size, to have employment practices in place that support the aims of the Act.

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