To meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Part 6), we have published a Modern Slavery Statement (2020-21).
Charter against modern slavery
In 2020, we signed up to the charter against modern slavery.
The means we will:
- train our corporate procurement team to understand modern slavery through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s (CIPS) online course on Ethical Procurement and Supply
- require our contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance
- challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery
- highlight to our suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one
- publicise our whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery
- require our tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery
- review our contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery
- highlight for our suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed
- refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency’s national referral mechanism any of our contractors identified as a cause for concern regarding modern slavery
- report publicly on the implementation of this policy annually
Report modern slavery
You can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline to report a case of modern slavery, or to find more information and advice.
You can also call them on 0800 0121 700.