Slavery and human trafficking statement

Download Slavery and human trafficking statement This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our organisation’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 1 April 2018.

Royal Voluntary Service is committed to high standards of responsible behaviour within its own organisation and encourages similar commitment from its suppliers.

Royal Voluntary Service has a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and is committed to preventing acts of slavery and human trafficking from occurring within both its business and its supply chain.

Charity and company structure

Royal Voluntary Service inspires and enables ordinary people to give their time, skill and energy to help others in their local community. Throughout our history we have mobilised ordinary people’s generosity to meet the needs of the day – preparing for war, coping with air raids, supporting the NHS and delivering meals on wheels. Today our adaptable volunteers are helping to address two critical needs – supporting vulnerable older people and enabling the NHS to make more time to care.

Royal Voluntary Service is a registered charitable limited company governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a Leadership Team. Our turnover for the year 2017/18 was £64.4m. Our registered office is in Cardiff, housing over 80 central support staff. Overall we have 1,214 staff based nationwide and over 20,000 volunteers.

Due diligence processes

We encourage suppliers from whom we purchase goods and services to operate in an ethical and responsible manner. We include our ethical policy as part of the tender process which suppliers are required to sign as part of the contractual agreement.

We assess compliance with relevant legislation as part of our tender evaluation process.

Our policies

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include our:<

  1. Recruitment Policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  2. Whistleblowing Policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that everyone knows they can raise concerns about how anyone is being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of dismissal or other detriment.
  3. Ethical Policy. We use this to ensure that our suppliers provide acceptable working conditions and sustainable use of resources.
  4. Code of Conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we ask our employees and volunteers to act.
  5. Procurement Policy. This provides guidance and governance to all employees and volunteers by outlining expectations of due process and authorisation enabling a professional and ethical interface with our current and future supply list.
  6. Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy. This sets our commitment to lawful and ethical behaviour in all areas of business.

Our suppliers

Royal Voluntary Service operates and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. We require suppliers to confirm in their contracts with us that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

Our performance indicators

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, volunteers, the public or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified. These are monitored through the Trustee’s Audit & Risk Committee and during the financial year 17/18, the Committee did not receive any such reports.

Richard Greenhalgh
Richard Greenhalgh

Chair of Trustees
Royal Voluntary Service

Approved by the charity's trustees on 20 September 2018

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