No excuses for Modern Slavery at Sports Direct

With the discovery of cases of Modern Slavery at Sports Direct, what can Mike Ashley do to make sure his business doesn’t let slavery gangs take advantage of staff working for him?

Ashley, regularly in the public eye for negative reasons, is appearing in front of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee later today to face questions over Sports Direct practice and treatment of his employees.

Ahead of his appearance at Parliament, he was quoted on bbc.co.uk this morning as saying “it had been a difficult year”, a fair statement considering the company’s value had dropped by £1-billion (reported on the 9th of January) and Newcastle United were relegated.

Sports Direct are now being shamed for their working practices which include zero hour contracts and employees receiving below minimum wage.

In January a Polish couple who supplied workers to Sports Directs headquarters were arrested for Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Under new Modern Slavery Act 2015 rules, if it was found that there was modern slavery at Sports Direct, Mike Ashley’s firm would be failing to comply with the act and facing serious repercussions.

Regardless of your company’s size, industry or culture the UK Government are committed to ending this abhorrent crime and the Modern Slavery act is enforced upon everyone.

Are you as a business compliant?

eLamb specialises in the creation of custom eLearning courses and over the last few months we have noticed a trend in the demand for custom and off the self-Modern Slavery eLearning courses – such material delivered via our LMS or yours will allow you to educate everyone in your business on the act and ensure that as a business you’re compliant across all elements.

If you’d like to learn more about our custom and off the shelf Modern Slavery eLearning courses, then please read our Blog The Modern Slavery Act – Are you compliant? or contact us: +44 (0) 1325 734 885.

 

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