Those involved in all aspects of government procurement are now on notice as to what is on the horizon this year in terms of the MSA. At this point in time, it would be prudent to start the conversations internally within the executive management team to work up a project plan to address the mandatory reporting criteria.
Norton Rose Fulbright is at the forefront in advising and preparing clients to be ‘MSA Ready’. Abigail McGregor, who leads our Business Ethics Anti-Corruption team, was the only private practice lawyer called before the Inquiry in relation to the impact that a Modern Slavery Act will have. Our work with clients operating in the UK and globally means that we bring an understanding of best practice in this area, along with the practical hurdles that need to be overcome.
Our Business Human Rights team is available to provide assistance in navigating the difficult issues arising from supply chain due diligence and addressing human rights risks arising from same. Please contact Abigail McGregor, JP Wood or Greg Vickery for a confidential discussion about the MSA and what impact this legislation could have on your organisation.
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm, with offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including cities across Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Central Asia. Norton Rose Fulbright has experience globally assisting clients with modern slavery risk management and reporting, as well as broader business and human rights advice. Norton Rose Fulbright worked closely with the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act providing regular pro bono assistance and participating in the public hearing held in Sydney on 23 June 2017. Click here to download the submission. Norton Rose Fulbright also has been actively participating in the Attorney-General’s Department national consultation process to refine the Government’s proposed Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting model. Click here to read the submission to the public consultation.
Norton Rose Fulbright is currently collaborating with BIICL on a further research project focusing on human rights issues in supply chains which will seek to provide recommendations to companies, including those subject to reporting obligations under modern slavery legislation.