Modern Slavery Statements: A Framework for Evaluation


What is the framework?

  • A structured guide to writing or improving your Modern Slavery Statement
  • A tool to assess the quality of published statements, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • A best practice standard to measure statements against

No one-size-fits-all answer

  • We recognise that different organisations have different resources, knowledge and experience to draw on – as well as facing different risks in their operations and supply chains
  • We recognise that every organisation’s statement will and should be different
  • This framework sets out a standard that allows for those differences, providing a best practice standard that is appropriate and proportionate to the reporting organisation
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  • You do not have to provide any information to use this Framework. But anything you are happy to give us will help us to develop better tailored guidance and support in future. Thank you!


This framework is structured in six areas:*

  1. Structure, business and supply chains
  2. Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
  3. Identification of risks together with steps taken to prevent and manage that risk
  4. Due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in business and supply chains
  5. Effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in business or supply chains, measured against appropriate KPIs
  6. Training and capacity building about slavery and human trafficking

* These six areas are taken from the UK Government’s statutory guidance on the recommended content of a statement; specific requirements differ in other jurisdictions but in general cover the same or similar content.

For each of the six areas, there are two sections

Key content

Essential principles: what you should include in each area of a statement and how you should improve it over time

Suggested information to include

Detailed information: suggested information to include in each area of a statement – which information is relevant depends on your needs, capacities and priorities

Overarching Principles

Statements should:

  1. Be specific to modern slavery
  2. Be detailed and well-evidenced
  3. Align with relevant best practice and international standards
  4. Be open and transparent about uncertainties
  5. Demonstrate continuous progress
  6. Include steps to prevent modern slavery in the long-term, not just mitigate short-term risks