An anti-slavery register, the biggest in the world, now contains modern slavery statements for over 10,000 organisations in its system.
Organisations registering with the Tiscreport register range broadly from leading retailers, manufacturers through all sectors through to the regional parliaments. Between them they have an estimated combined turnover of over £1 trillion.
The Modern Slavery Act, passed in 2015 laid the foundation for combatting slavery in the UK, however supply chain slavery is still rife, often with children being used as workers in garment factories where they are little and worked hard.
Companies that have a turnover of more than £36million annually have to report their anti-slavery actions, yet until last year there never existed a database where organisations could register this.
Luckily, thanks to the growing database, people can now search far more easily for company information that discloses anti-slavery actions, and make informed choices.
Tiscreport is a public database which also enables companies who have to comply with legislation to check through their suppliers to find out who else needs to comply.
As this registry is self-funding, it requires no funds from charitable donations to operate. This innovative model, created through the partnership of social enterprise with charity, is something that is becoming more common and can be applied to other areas, so that the Third Sector can continue to direct maximum resources to the vulnerable.
“We are very proud to have developed a sustainable model that can do so much good in combatting slavery without having to go ‘cap in hand’ to the taxpayer and without diverting funds from frontline work” says Jaya Chakrabarti MBE, CEO of tiscreport. “For the UK, we now estimate that upwards of 20,000 companies will need to be covered by statements, and the final deadline for this first year of required compliance is October 2017. Our system will provide an accessible, open platform to help achieve this goal.”
As a social enterprise, as well as providing a supportive and progressive platform to organisations, 50% of funds raised through the registry also go directly to delivering frontline support for victims of slavery and trafficking.
The anti-slavery registry has gathered so much momentum since its set up, that what started as a UK effort to gather statements based on the recent legislation, has transformed into a global project joining up with anti-slavery legislation across the world. Moreover there are more voluntary disclosures due to the public commitment made by prominent companies in each sector being made more visible on tiscreport.
Stephen Hilton, Board Director of Bristol Pound and Fellow of Bristol Cabot Institute said: “We are living in a world that is increasingly driven by technology, connectivity and data and where open data is a powerful tool for social, environmental and economic change. However, rarely is the challenge so great and also so important as the ambition to use open data to end the practices of modern slavery. This is a test case not just for the power of data but also for our collective will to make this change happen. Jaya is helping to lead the way and I am there to help, along with many, many others.”