With 40.3 million victims estimated by the Global Slavery Index 2016 there are now more people enslaved than there have ever been in human history.
With the launch of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK has set the standard in legislative terms in not only increasing penalties for people found guilty of exploitation and slavery but also instilling a requirement on business to ensure that the demand for goods and services they generate is not delivered with exploitation embedded.
The SCF Framework contractors are committed to conducting all aspects of business in an ethical and transparent manner and acknowledge the duties and responsibilities under the Act.
Raising awareness of ethical supply chain practices is fundamental to the success of the SCF Framework. With a specific focus on identifying exploitative practices, namely slavery and human trafficking, the framework contractors are continually training the key personnel and supply chain involved in tier 2 + procurements, to prevent incidences on their sites.
The identification of exploitative practices is vital to SCF and to eradicate these practices, appropriate steps need to be taken to ensure those with procurement responsibilities are provided with sufficient training to identify and challenge any suspicious practices.
SCF values require that all workers are treated with dignity and respect. The framework is fundamentally opposed to slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, the sale or exploitation of children and all exploitative practices in the workplace. These values are shared by the framework contractors, responsible for ensuring all sub-contractors and suppliers do not engage in any such practices, and do not knowingly themselves contract with third parties which do.