Human Trafficking and Slavery (HTS)

Our coverage encompasses regulations relating to the offences of slavery, servitude and forced/ compulsory labor in addition to human trafficking.

Human Trafficking and Slavery (HTS)


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Regulatory Content Overview

The growing complexity of supply chains around the world has made them prime targets for slavery activities. Beyond the ethical implications, companies must also consider the serious financial, legal, reputational and operational risks if the issue is not properly identified and addressed.

New legislation is gaining momentum globally with a marked trend toward mandatory corporate disclosure regimes. Some of the legislation in force also has extra-territorial effect and therefore may apply to companies outside of the jurisdiction in question. Modern slavery is therefore a hot topic in supply chain management. 

Our coverage in C2P focuses on legislation that contains concrete obligations and/or restrictions on corporate entities regarding modern slavery in the supply chain such as reporting, transparency, disclosure and due diligence.

Regulations typically require retailers/manufacturers to:

  • Report their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply chains. This reporting obligation only arises in some cases where entities meet a certain profit threshold
  • Undertake due diligence on suppliers, agents or contractors to determine compliance with company standards for human trafficking and for those entities to provide certification of compliance
  • Provide training on mitigating human trafficking for employees and management responsible for supply chains
  • Certify that materials incorporated into a product comply with human trafficking laws

Coverage Included

Our regulatory content in C2P is historically comprehensive with a robust QA process to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy. Below is a high level summary of our coverage for this topic:
  • Australia: Modern Slavery Act, No. 153, 2018
  • Australia: Reporting Entities under the Modern Slavery Act, Guidance Document, September 2019
  • Brazil: Labour Inspection Procedures for the Eradication of Modern Slavery, Normative Instruction No. 139, 2018
  • Brazil: Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking, Law No. 13.344, 2016
  • Canada: Modern Slavery Bill S-211, February 2020
  • California (USA): Disclosure of Efforts to Prevent Slavery and Human Trafficking, Senate Bill 657 Enacted, 2010 
  • EU: Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims, Directive 2011/36/EU
  • France: Duty and Vigilance of Parent and Subcontracting Companies, Law No. 2017-399
  • Germany: Corporate Due Diligence In Supply Chains Act, BGBI. 2959, 2021
  • Hong Kong (China): Modern Slavery Bill, November 2017
  • Netherlands: Child Labour Due Diligence Law, 2019
  • New South Wales (Australia): Modern Slavery Act, 2018
  • Norway: Transparency and Due Diligence in Supply Chains, Draft Law, November 2019
  • Switzerland: Responsible Business Initiative, April 2015
  • OECD: Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Standard, Revised 2011
  • South Africa: Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons, Act No. 7, 2013
  • SRA: Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template (STRT), Version 2.0, 2019
  • United Arab Emirates: Combatting Human Trafficking Crimes, Law No. 51/2006
  • UK: Modern Slavery Act, 2015
  • UN: Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Guide, March 2011
  • USA: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, 2017

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