Governments, regulators and investors are taking a much greater interest in what organisations are doing to combat modern slavery and the exploitation of people both within the workforce and within company supply chains. Modern slavery is considered a key element of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. It is an issue of interest to investors, policymakers and regulators, who are looking to boards to report externally on their policies and actions. 

This factsheet looks at HR’s role in tackling modern slavery, and the steps that can be taken to prevent it. 

See the CIPD’s modern slavery statement

This factsheet was last updated by Susannah Haan, Senior Corporate Governance Adviser, CIPD

Susannah leads CIPD’s work on corporate governance and responsible business, including the role of HR in ESG, workforce reporting, leadership development and the role of non-executive directors. 

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