Modern Slavery Assessment Tool (MSAT) help
Have you been requested to complete the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool (MSAT)? Do you need some help completing the question? Perhaps you are looking to improve your score, or address any Risk Flags or action your Improvement Report.
International Associates Limited is able to assist all size companies in implementing strategies that will improve their MSAT scores in a practical and affordable manner.
- Help Completing the Tool
- Improve your score
- Address Red Flags
- Action your Improvement Report
- Develop policies and procedures
- Implement a full Social Management System
- Supply Chain Management & Risk Evaluation
- Supply Chain Management Tool (BRAND)
- External Audit of your system
- Supplier Audits
The MSAT is a UK Government backed modern slavery risk identification and management tool. This Tool has been designed to help organisations work in partnership with suppliers to improve protections and reduce the risk of exploiting workers in their supply chains. It also aims to help organisations understand where there may be risks of modern slavery in the supply chains of goods and services they have procured.
Many companies that are required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act are now starting to issue the MSAT questionnaires to their supply chain and some even making it mandatory for suppliers to be able to compete in tenders.
A low score could affect your chances of being awarded future business.
You can find more information about the Tool on the Govenetment site Here
Contact us for further information and advise, or to discuss your options.
What is the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Modern Slavery Act is a UK-based leading piece of legislation. It sets out a range of measures on how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK.
The Act requires companies with a turn over above £36 million to
Publish a slavery and human trafficking statement, which is approved by the Board of Directors
The Act also suggests other due diligence processes and procedures that should be implemented. The Act is currently under review and is soon to be revised with an additional tightening of the regulations.
Why am I being asked to complete the MSAT questionnaire?
The Modern Slavery Act only currently applies to some companies, and you may be asking why you are being asked to complete a questioner if you are not directly affected by the legislation.
Many larger companies and public sector departments are now starting to implement the next phase of their Modern Slavery Strategies; this includes the assessment of the risk within their own supply chains.
They are therefore making the completion of the Tool a mandatory requirement for new supplier approvals and existing suppliers evaluations.
Some companies are also making the tool scoring system part of their tender evaluation process.
What can smaller companies do?
The Government recently published guidance which sets out how the Government expects its departments to take action to ensure modern slavery risks are identified and managed in government supply chains. “The “Modern Slavery Procurement Guidance”
The Government’s Modern Slavery Procurement Guidance identifies a number of tools for identifying and managing modern slavery supply chain risks. These include the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool developed by the Government for its own procurement.
However, much of the guidance available is aimed at large companies with staff available to implement these requirements. Smaller companies often struggle to achieve a level of compliance as they are overwhelmed with information. International Associates is able to assist smaller companies in implementing strategies that will improve their MSAT scores in a practical and affordable manner.
Is the legislation going to be updated?
The UK government is planning to toughen modern slavery reporting rules following a parliamentary review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) and the Home Office Transparency in Supply Chains Consultation that closed in September 2019.
Among other areas, the 2 key changes are likely to include new enforcement and civil penalties for non-compliance and the inclusion of public bodies.