The Modern Slavery Act, passed into UK law in March 2015, is the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world to address forced labor and human trafficking in the 21st century.
Rainforest Alliance Certification, which requires compliance with the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards, has long held the protection of human rights as a central tenet and objective. As such, the SAN and Rainforest Alliance welcome the UK Modern Slavery Act as a positive step toward mainstreaming rights-protection norms, good practices, and supply chain transparency, which our certification program has long promoted.
Sourcing products from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms helps companies meet requirements of the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act in the following ways:
- Strict human rights policies and risk reduction procedures at farm level: The 2017 SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard aligns with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, national laws, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
- A strong assurance mechanism: Certified farms receive third-party on-site audits to detect whether or not human rights violations have occurred, and to determine that procedures to protect human rights are operating effectively.
- Traceability and transparency: Companies using the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal source ingredients that are traceable back to certified farms that comply with the SAN standards.
If you want to know more about the specific criteria of the SAN 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Standard that support compliance with the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act, you can read a special report with the details in our library.