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UK Parliament’s Modern Slavery Programme

The UK Parliament is committed to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. We're taking a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, and all forms of corruption and bribery associated with these criminal acts.

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Modern slavery is a serious and organised crime that can destroy communities and cause significant harm to victims. Through the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain, people can be coerced and forced into providing a service to others. It's a crime that affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities, and is a violation of fundamental human rights. 

Parliament’s Modern Slavery Programme was implemented to drive forward our commitment to tackling modern slavery. This will help ensure our organisation and practices are fair and inclusive, and that the wellbeing of our staff, contractors and colleagues is central to all our work.  

The programme focuses on a range of development areas, including updating procurement processes, training and awareness raising, and due diligence activity to mitigate any risks in our supply chains. 

Modern Slavery Statement 

Our Modern Slavery Statement details the steps taken by the UK Parliament to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking between 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. This statement will ensure that the public understand the steps we've taken to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains. 

This is the UK Parliament’s first Modern Slavery Statement. We'll build on this year on year. We've set ourselves goals at the end of the statement and we will update on progress in our next statement in 2022. 

We welcome constructive feedback on our statement and the work we're carrying out. If you would like to share feedback, please email modernslaveryinfo@parliament.uk.

Read: UK Parliament's Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Policy 

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in Parliament’s supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or on our behalf.

The UK Parliament Modern Slavery Policy provides a framework to ensure: 

  • All members of the Parliamentary community understand and are aware of their responsibilities in relation to modern slavery 
  • The development of a strategic approach to identifying and tackling any modern slavery within Parliament’s supply chains
  • The implementation of robust, transparent and proportionate governance and assurance processes
  • Reporting of instances (or concerns) of modern slavery

This policy applies to all persons working for Parliament or on behalf of Parliament, in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents and contractors. 

Read: UK Parliament's Modern Slavery Policy