The construction industry can harbour many forms of exploitation and migrant workers are among the most vulnerable to abuse.

With an ongoing skills shortage in the sector and visibility often obscured in lower-level supply chains, it is vital to ensure the ethical management of labour.

This article explores:

  • The definition of modern slavery and the ways in which workers can be coerced and controlled.
  • An insight into Operation Cardinas, a police investigation which led to the prosecution of a large-scale Romanian organised crime gang exploiting hundreds of Romanian construction workers in the UK.
  • What organisations can do to identify possible signs of modern slavery and prevent it from happening within their business.
  • The risks of modern slavery to an organisation, both from a legal, and health and safety perspective.
  • How to publish your annual modern slavery statement, following the launch of the government’s modern slavery statement registry in 2021.