What is Modern Slavery?
The UK Government defines Modern Slavery as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. It is a crime under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and includes holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after.
Modern Slavery can take many forms including:
- Human trafficking
- Debt bondage/bonded labour
- Descent–based slavery
- Slavery of children
- Forced and early marriage
Reporting Modern Slavery
If you suspect you or someone you work with is being coerced or enslaved you can report it following these steps:
1. Report to Emergency Services
If the potential victims are in immediate danger call 999 or your local emergency number.
If they are not in immediate danger call 101 or your local non-emergency police number
2. Report to CGI
If the potential victim works for CGI or one of our suppliers report it to our online ethics hotline
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) partner with organisations such as the police, the National Crime Agency and other government law enforcement agencies to target, dismantle and disrupt serious and organised crime. Watch their video campaign raising awareness and understanding about modern slavery.
Materials from the GLAA are available here including training videos and leaflets including information regarding workers rights. The GLAA Worker's Rights UK Checklist is available here in multiple languages.
CGI’s response to Modern Slavery
To support the delivery to clients and to support our operations we engage with a large number of suppliers. Modern slavery and forced labour exists in many different sectors across the world, including here in the UK. Therefore, a robust approach is required in our own operations and throughout our supply chain. We have taken important steps in to improve our policies and processes to mitigate the risk that we are directly or indirectly involved in any human rights abuse.
A big exposure to modern slavery for CGI is in our supply chains and as such we are keen to work with our suppliers to ensure that this crime is prevented but if found, reported to the correct authorities. Find out more about our approach to modern slavery: