I’m looking to move my hosting over to Netlify from another provider. Some of my customers require me to have an anti-modern-slavery policy, which entails checking all my suppliers for their anti-modern-slavery policy and their modern slavery statements (see Publish an annual modern slavery statement - GOV.UK).
Reading the Modern Slavery Act 2015 I see
(12) For the purposes of this section—
“commercial organisation” means—
(a) a body corporate (wherever incorporated) which carries on a business, or part of a business, in any part of the United Kingdom, or
(b) a partnership (wherever formed) which carries on a business, or part of a business, in any part of the United Kingdom,
Though yes, many people from the United Kingdom likely use Netlify, Netlify does not (technically) carry out business in the United Kingdom, rather it trades in the United States.
This does not mean Netlify couldn’t or shouldn’t provide such as statement, however I don’t believe they are bound by the laws of another country to do so.
Note: I am not a Netlify employee. The above does not represent Netlify, nor is approved expressly or otherwise by them.
Edit 2: For the United States, the only things I can find on the Congress website is an item " Supporting the observation of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month…" for the House and Senate both of which state
Whereas laws to prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking and to assist and protect victims of human trafficking and modern slavery have been enacted in the United States, including—
(1) the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.);
(2) title XII of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Public Law 113–4; 127 Stat. 136);
(3) the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–22; 129 Stat. 227);
(4) sections 910 and 914(e) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–125; 130 Stat. 239 and 274);
(5) section 1298 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (22 U.S.C. 7114);
(6) the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 (Public Law 115–392; 132 Stat. 5250);
(7) the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017 (Public Law 115–393; 132 Stat. 5265);
(8) the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–425; 132 Stat. 5472); and
(9) the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Public Law 115–427; 132 Stat. 5503);
I can see no reference anywhere to any such law as the United Kingdom and Australia have.
Hi @coelmay, thanks for taking the time to respond!
I think maybe my initial post was unclear, apologies. I agree I don’t think there’s any legal requirement for Netlify to have a public anti-slavery statement. Even in the UK, only companies with annual turnover >£36m are required to do it.
However, certain companies in the UK who do think carefully about modern slavery requirements ask the same of their suppliers, regardless of where those suppliers are based. And then, in order to do business with those companies, the suppliers have to take a stance on modern slavery (not necessarily with a public statement, it can also be through a private policy). That’s the kind of thing I was hoping Netlify would have.
Quite a few US-based companies do have public statements though - for example, GitHub, Google, and Microsoft.
I have spoken to the team and I can assure you we adhere to the principles of the UK modern slavery act and are working towards a public statement. I do not have a timeline on when we will have a public or written statement beyond this.
+1 Here in the UK, citing 3rd party policies like these is becoming closer to mandatory for any business that wants to take itself seriously. This would be super helpful if legal could put something together