At ACSI, we encourage businesses of all sizes and industries to assess their exposure to modern slavery. We firmly believe that companies have not only an ethical responsibility to limit their exposure to modern slavery practices, but a financial one.
This statement contains the results of a thorough examination of our key suppliers and their supply chains, evaluation of the key areas of risk that we have identified, and the steps we are taking in order to mitigate that risk. Whilst we are not obligated under law to report under the Modern Slavery Act (2018), this is our way of keeping ourselves accountable to what we would like to see from business leaders going forward. This year, we have focused on major suppliers and companies that we have analysed as presenting the most risk, and plan on expanding our review in the future.
This report aims to demonstrate how it can be useful for businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries to undergo regular and thorough examination of their own business operations, and to question exactly where the supplies and services that we use come from.
ACSI’s modern slavery statement is the first step in what will be a yearly assessment of our operations and supply chains to identify our exposure to modern slavery risk. In this context, we recognise that risk means the risk to people who may be subject to modern slavery practices. While the reputational risk or financial risk to ACSI intersects with risk to people, in the context of modern slavery reporting, it is a secondary consideration.