Implications for small and medium businesses in Warwickshire
JOIN! The launch of the Warwickshire Modern Slavery Business Pledge will take place on Thu 12th March 2020 at IBM Warwick from 1pm -3pm. A range of professionals and businesses will actively participate and tell their stories about their experiences. Find out more about real life case studies including the largest modern slavery gang in the UK involving Warwickshire business, and also what are the implications for you and your business.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe is also attending and will have a few words addressing the issue of slavery and trafficking in Warwickshire.
Partners attending: Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police Serious and Complex Crime Team, National Crime Agency, Gangmsters & Labour Abuse Authority, Slave Free Alliance, IBM Warwick, Sandfield Farms (learning from past experiences) and BMW Group.
Tackling Modern Slavery is a key priority for the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and part of this work is encouraging businesses to sign the Modern Slavery Business Pledge. This allows businesses to commit to tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in all forms, including in supply chains.
With Warwickshire economy being the fastest growing across the UK, it is becoming the place to do business. There are over 100 businesses with over £36M turnover, which means the market is expanding. However modern slavery can occur in medium to small businesses as well. A number of examples from Warwickshire include work in the following industries:
As part of the Modern Slavery Tasking Group led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, work has been developed around producing a Modern Slavery business pledge for businesses that do not meet the required threshold of £36M turnover. This provides early intervention on preventing Modern Slavery from occurring within Warwickshire businesses and supply chains. Partners also include the National Crime Agency and Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority which have been helpful in securing and sharing best practices.
We have been engaging and working in partnership with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnerships Growth Hub, Federation of Small Businesses, partners from Warwickshire County Council Business and Economy Skills and with individual companies in Warwickshire to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.