Inclusion of Scottish public bodies in Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) reporting

Closes 22 Aug 2022

Opened 27 Jun 2022

Overview

This consultation is seeking your views on proposals to extend the reporting requirements to Scottish public bodies for the publication of modern slavery statements as part of work to improve Transparency in Supply Chains. It also seeks your views on the mechanisms for this reporting and associated enforcement regimes.

Public Sector

Alongside commercial organisations, the public sector has a crucial role to play in addressing the risks of modern slavery in its supply chains, with £13.3bn of procurement spend annually across the Scottish public sector alone. Many public sector organisations have already started to identify and address the modern slavery risks within their supply chains and beyond.

The UK Government propose that public sector bodies be included in the formal requirement to publish a modern slavery statement. As per the requirements for commercial organisations, this would extend to public sector organisations with an annual budget – as opposed to turnover – of £36 million or more, unless they are already captured by the existing legislation.

This would include, for example, Central Government Departments, including the Scottish Government and devolved public bodies, local government bodies - including Local Authorities, NHS bodies and non-market and market public bodies (such as public corporations) - which meet the budget threshold.

UK proposals regarding Public Sector organisations

This consultation is seeking views on the proposed UK Modern Slavery Bill announced on 10 May 2022. This consultation allows the Scottish Government to provide targeted questions to public sector bodies ahead of further policy development. Proposals include:

  • inclusion of public bodies in the reporting requirement for a modern slavery statement
  • introduction of a single reporting deadline by which all organisations must publish their statement each year
  • mandating that the reporting of specific topics within the statement be compulsory to facilitate transparency

Consultation Period

An 8 week consultation period has been set to allow responses to be analysed and provided to the Home Office ahead of the proposed publication of the UK Modern Slavery Bill in September 2022.

Please provide any responses on Citizen Space or send them to the Scottish Government’s Human Trafficking team by emailing human.trafficking@gov.scot

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