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Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement is provided on behalf of ϲֱ쿪 and its subsidiary companies and charities and is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’). It constitutes ϲֱ쿪’s statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2023.

 

Introduction

ϲֱ쿪 considers modern slavery and human trafficking extremely serious crimes, grave violations of human rights and contrary to the ethical standards and values we hold dear. As a charity that, as part of its wider objectives, fights for the protection and advancement of human rights in the UK, and around the world through our subsidiary charity, Age International, we have a zero-tolerance approach to such abuses. We are committed to preventing modern slavery in our organisation and ensuring that our supply chain is as equally free of both modern slavery and human trafficking (within the reasonable bounds of our influence and control to ensure compliance with the Act by our supply chain and / or assure ourselves of their compliance).

Our organisation

ϲֱ쿪 is a charity registered in England which exists to promote the wellbeing of older people. ϲֱ쿪 comprises of ϲֱ쿪 and its subsidiary charities and companies.

  • ϲֱ쿪’s subsidiary charity, Age International, funds programmes in over 40 developing countries; the subsidiary Age Cymru worked specifically in providing support to older people in particular geographical regions.
  • ϲֱ쿪’s trading subsidiaries, ϲֱ쿪 Trading CIC (Community Interest Company), and Age Co, generate income to fund the charity’s work. ϲֱ쿪 Trading CIC also provides central support services and infrastructure.

ϲֱ쿪 and its subsidiaries employ around 1,400 staff, and benefits from the support of 3,250 volunteers in our c250 charity shops, in England and Wales.

The vast majority of our staff are employed directly by ϲֱ쿪 and our subsidiaries and are not of an employment status generally considered to be vulnerable to modern slavery in this country. We are not complacent and have robust policies and procedures in place. Our focus, however, is on ensuring that our supply chain complies with the Act, relevant ϲֱ쿪 policies and procedures, and our ethical standards.

Our supply chain

ϲֱ쿪 is committed to improving our practices to identify and eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, and to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. Our supply chains comprise of over 2,000 suppliers and contractors. ϲֱ쿪 and our subsidiaries use the products and services we purchase from these suppliers to:

  • Support our charitable activity and operations
  • Provide products for resale in our charity shops
  • Offer financial, insurance and legal services for sale to the public by third parties

ϲֱ쿪 works with the ϲֱ쿪 network of over 130 independent charities to deliver charitable services in the UK. Age International works internationally through a network of partners and agencies, largely as the UK member of the HelpAge International global network.

Policies

ϲֱ쿪 endeavours to raise awareness among all employees of the identification, prevention and eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking, and has policies and procedures in place to ensure that they can do so. The ϲֱ쿪 Procurement function operates across ϲֱ쿪’s subsidiaries, and has oversight of our supply chain. The relevant policies are:

  1. ϲֱ쿪’s Procurement Policy and Procedure requires that suppliers are formally approved by ϲֱ쿪’s Procurement such that they can only provide goods and services after confirming compliance with all applicable regulations and legislation, including the Act.
  2. ϲֱ쿪’s Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure asks staff to confidentially report concerns including modern slavery or human trafficking.
  3. ϲֱ쿪’s Safeguarding Procedures acknowledges modern slavery as a form of abuse and, where there is a concern about a child (under 18 years) or an adult (18 or over) who needs care and support, this Policy takes effect.

Supply Chain Due Diligence

ϲֱ쿪 aims to work with only those suppliers that demonstrate high levels of commitment to monitoring and reducing the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within their organisations or supply chains. As a pre-condition to supplying ϲֱ쿪, suppliers must confirm their compliance with the Act. If a supplier fails to provide the information requested or meet ϲֱ쿪’s expectations, ϲֱ쿪 will take appropriate action, which may include not entering into a relationship or terminating the relationship.

Progress in 2022/2023

In the 2022/23 financial year ϲֱ쿪 has taken steps to provide additional assurance of our supply chain’s compliance with the Act:

  • ϲֱ쿪 continued to monitor all new suppliers prior to engaging with them to confirm compliance with the Act.
  • ϲֱ쿪 further developed its contract database to enable a review of existing suppliers.
  • ϲֱ쿪 have been working with an outsourced procurement partner to improve its control over its supplier base and compliance with the Act.

Plans for 2023/2024

In the 2023/24 financial year ϲֱ쿪 plans to take further steps to improve staff knowledge of modern slavery and human trafficking, and requirements under the Act by developing a training plan to increase staff awareness and understanding.

We will look to work with our procurement function to develop our plans and controls in this area, including strengthening specialist in-house knowledge.

This statement is made pursuant to Part 6, section 54 of the Act and constitutes ϲֱ쿪’s anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 and has been approved by the ϲֱ쿪 Board of Trustees on behalf of ϲֱ쿪 and its charitable and trading subsidiaries.

Paul Farmer

Chief Executive, ϲֱ쿪

12 June 2023

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Last updated: Sep 05 2023

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