Shoosmiths to speak on Modern Slavery at the House of Commons

Shoosmiths to speak on Modern Slavery at the House of Commons


Author: Kara Shadbolt

Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium to be hosted at House of Commons on Thursday, 10 November, 2016

Regulatory consultant, Ron Reid, of national law firm Shoosmiths is to speak on modern slavery at the upcoming Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium, an event organised as spotlight on forced labour in supply chains intensifies.

Hosted by BRE - a UK-headquartered world leading built environment research & science centre - and strategic communications business Sustain Worldwide the Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium is a response to the advent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) and comes at a critical time for the industry as organisations impacted by the Act are required to make their first statement during 2016 and 2017.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) brings to the world's attention the labour conditions in the supply chain. The Act requires all companies - annually turning over £36m or more - to make a 'slavery and human trafficking statement' on the steps it has taken during that financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of its own business nor any of its supply chains.

The symposium is aimed at senior executives in the construction sector to explore the implications, requirements, challenges, risks, responses and opportunities the Act's Section 54 Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) clause provides to drive continuous improvement across the construction sector. In doing so it aims to contribute knowledge and best practice to ensure its supply chains are ready to meet the social and economic challenges wrought by forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.

Shoosmiths' Ron Reid, said: 'Companies - more than ever before - need to ensure their supply chain isn't tainted by modern slavery and/or forced labour and that they fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act. There are severe adverse implications for the reputation of companies that are found not to be compliant.

'It is a pleasure to be able to speak at this event in such distinguished surroundings, fitting for such an important global issue which needs to be addressed.

Group Business Development Director at BRE, Miles Watkins, said: 'Shoosmiths is a leading law firm in advising companies in Modern Slavery compliance and we are very pleased to have Ron speak at the Symposium.

'While the number of people affected by modern slavery in the UK is a relatively low but unacceptable 13,000, the figure doesn't reflect the complex international supply chains of most sectors, none more so than construction. This symposium aims to raise awareness of the issues and of the positive actions that organisations can take to affect real change on a global scale.'

Shoosmiths' Modern Slavery Act Compliance Checklist for companies can be viewed and downloaded here.

The full symposium programme can be viewed at
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The full delegate day rate is £195 ex-VAT;). Register and for further information visit