Modern slavery and supply chains: UK government response

December 7, 2015


The previous United Kingdom government launched a consultation on 11 February 2015 seeking views in relation to the transparency in supply chains provision in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The consultation took place over a 12-week period from 12 February 2015 to 7 May 2015. The consultation document was published on the United Kingdom Home Office website and an invitation to respond was sent to a wide range of stakeholders. To support the consultation process, a number of stakeholder events were held in order to canvass opinions.

About the respondents

In total, the UK Home Office received 181 responses to the consultation (164 were submitted online or by email, five by post, and 12 letters of support).





Food and drink


Recruitment and labour providers


Other private sector


Frontline organisation


Other public sector


Trade body


Trade union








As diagram 1 shows, of those 84 respondents who answered question 1, 67 (80 percent) thought that the threshold should be set at the lowest level proposed of £36 million. Those who chose £36 million felt that it should be set at this level to ensure that the measure applied to as many businesses in the supply chain as possible.

Despite there being a very high level of support for a threshold set at £36 million, some respondents expressed support for a UK threshold being more closely aligned to the US$100 million threshold stipulated in the California Act. In total, six respondents opted for an equivalent threshold of £60 million.

Three respondents felt that the threshold should be set much lower than £36 million. Of those three respondents, two thought that the threshold should be set at £10 million; and one thought the threshold should be set at £25 million.

Six respondents said they would opt to set the threshold at £1 billion.

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