Who should use this standard assessment
Though criminal- and labour-laws will address most aspects of forced labour, specific legislation has appeared in countries including the UK, France, Australia and some US states. These laws typically require businesses to report on measures they have taken to identify and address any modern slavery risks throughout their business and with all third parties. For such a complex and subtle problem, sufficient inspection and clarity are key to helping combat risk and achieve compliance.
Organisations who wish to avoid high-risk and potentially damaging business practices, as well as achieve compliance with legislation such as the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), can use this Standard Assessment within Rizikon Assurance. This will help map the supply chain risk for working practices with efficiency.
How this Standard Assessment was developed
While there are no specific standard questionnaires available from Government Agencies, there is a significant pool of guidance notes from governments and NGOs that lay out specific rules and best practices which this Assessment has been based on.
Specifically, the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Managing Risks Associated with Modern Slavery: A Good Practice Note for the Private Sector, published August 2018, acted as a strong source. Country data used for the scoring in this assessment comes from the Global Slavery Index 2018.
Questions, sections and scoring
The structure of the Modern Slavery Risk Standard Assessment consists of an initial section requesting general information about the company, such as for locations and materials. The Assessment then covers potential indicators of forced labour, gathering information about the specific governance of modern slavery of the company in question, their stance on forced labour risk in their supply chains, as well as cross-checking a list of high risk goods and origins they trade in. The next section covers the specific and primary indicators of modern slavery within the business and their supply chains. The final sections cover information about their code of practice, laws and standards.
The assessment is scored on a tiered basis – answers can be provided that are either scored: Okay, Low-, Medium- or High-risk throughout parts of the assessment. In particular, locations based questions are scored according to their vulnerability rating in the GSI. The question scores are summed and the assessment score is calculated as a fraction of the maximum possible. A report will highlight remediation actions needed to reduce their overall risk score.