UK Modern Slavery Act  


The California Transparency in supply Chains Act (CA TISC) started out as Senate Bill 1649 and went on to become Senate Bill 657.

In January 2010 CA TISC was passed and came into effect in January 2012.  CA TISC requires that retailers and manufacturers doing business in California, with annual worldwide gross receipts of $100 million or more, must explicitly disclose their efforts to protect human rights and eradicate slavery and human trafficking, along their entire supply chain.

ASSET’s Founder Julia Ormond and UNSEEN’S CEO Andrew Wallis met in London in 2012.


"ASSET’s pioneering of the Transparency in Supply Chains Act (TISC) inspired me and UNSEEN to lead the charge in the UK for building on the legislation with ASSET’s support. The process was begun in the UK with a 10-minute rule bill (2012), followed by a Private Member’s Bill (2013) and finally it’s inclusion in the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), section 54.”
- Andrew Wallis



Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires all commercial organizations and partnerships over £36 million worldwide turnover and doing business in the UK, to develop a slavery and human trafficking statement each year. The slavery and human trafficking statement should set out what steps organizations have taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business and supply chains. The annual statement must be signed by a director.

"In developing that provision, we looked carefully at the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010, which is often cited as the first Act to address transparency issues.We recognized that any measure seeking to address the issue must create a level playing field.”

- Karen Bradley, Minister for Modern Slavery

“We should also act in the light of the implementation of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010.”

- Lord Alton of Liverpool