How to use this toolkit

This toolkit is intended for the internal use of hotels and other stakeholders in the industry. It has been created as guidance with recommended action and templates throughout to set up strong processes and protocols to address risk of modern slavery within your business and supply chains. The Blueprint can be adapted by individual managers, department heads and teams as appropriate to better suit the nuances and needs of your organisation.

It is important that senior management be ultimately responsible for any processes or policies put in place and that efforts are regularly monitored for effectiveness. We hope to continue adapting the Blueprint in line with best practice and we welcome feedback, constructive criticism and new partnerships to improve this work.

“Slavery and human trafficking are illegal. Yet, there are still an estimated 40.3 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world today.”

The global demand for cheap labour fuels the trade in humans and market forces create both the supply and the demand for these people. The hotel and hospitality sector employs 292 million people worldwide (1 in 10 people globally) and contributes 10.2% of the global GDP. Hospitality has been identified as a sector at risk of modern slavery. Hospitality businesses need to take the lead in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking (herein referred to as “modern slavery”).

This Stop Slavery Blueprint (the “Blueprint”) sets out the key principles to be embedded into a hotel as part of its fight against modern slavery. It provides guidance and recommendations in the form of:

These are meant to be adopted across hotels and across departments. The Blueprint provides further specific guidance for individual managers, department heads and teams where appropriate. The guidance focuses on the following key risk areas:

The Blueprint provides guidance on transparency, reporting, performance measurement, business partner engagement, risk assessment, business authentication, and investigation and remediation. Employees can refer to the relevant sections below for further information or contact their manager to discuss these policies in further detail.

General Managers can familiarise themselves with this Blueprint and associated documents to help in the identification and prevention of modern slavery and to conduct business in a manner such that the opportunity for any incidence of modern slavery is prevented.

To demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to implementing the recommendations contained within this Blueprint, a statement can be included in company handbooks and staff reading materials as appropriate. See an example Statement.

For the purposes of this Blueprint, the definition of modern slavery, in keeping with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, includes:

Note, throughout this Blueprint, the terms human trafficking and modern slavery refer to both sexual exploitation and forced labour.

“I am pleased to see Shiva Foundation taking the lead on tackling modern slavery and human trafficking within the hotel sector. This Blueprint is a robust guide for hotels to take action and I hope to see many within that sector taking it up, and other sectors following the leadership this displays to protect vulnerable people from exploitation.”

Kevin Hyland,
UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (2015-2018)

Explore The Stop Slavery Blueprint

Public Commitment

Policies and Practices

Procedures and Protocols

Identifying Risk


Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation