The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has been introduced to combat the abhorrent practices of slavery and human trafficking that we see occurring even in our own country. Among measures creating new criminal offences with powers of enforcement, and providing enhanced protection for victims, there is the requirement for larger companies (with a turnover of £36m or more) to publish an anti-slavery statement. This not only involves an examination of the company’s own operations but also its global supply chain, and to be seen to take steps to ensure slave labour is not being used. Clearly, there will be an adverse effect on the reputation of any company not complying with these requirements.
Although Datalink is not directly affected by this act as its turnover falls below the £36m threshold we believe there should be no place for slavery or human trafficking in the modern world. Consequently, we have taken steps to ensure these practices do not occur to our knowledge in our supply chain, as outlined in the statement below: