Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Annual Statement

The Royal Marsden is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business, including our supply chains.

The aim of this statement is to demonstrate that the Trust follows best practice and that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking.

Policies relating to modern slavery

The Trust has internal policies and procedures in place that assess supplier risk in relation to the potential for modern slavery or human trafficking. The top 80% of suppliers nationally, affirm their own compliance with the modern slavery and human trafficking act within their own organisation, sub-contracting arrangements and supply chain.

All members of staff have a personal responsibility for the successful prevention of slavery and human trafficking with the procurement department taking responsibility for overall compliance.

Due diligence processes:

  • To identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our own business and our supply chain we:
  • Purchase a significant number of products through NHS Supply Chain, whose ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ includes a provision around forced labour
  • Demonstrate commitment to and where possible build long standing relationships with suppliers
  • The Trust will request all suppliers to comply with the provisions of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), through agreement of our ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’, purchase orders and tender specifications. All of which will set out our commitment to ensuring no modern slavery or human trafficking related to our business
  • Uphold professional codes of conduct and practice relating to procurement and supply, including through our Procurement Team’s membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
  • The Trust will write bi-annually to the top 250 suppliers by spend requesting them to affirm their compliance with the legislation. The resultant Supplier Policies shall be logged, scanned and recorded in the Trust Contract Register
  • The Trust will ask for evidence of Policy existing as part of all formal tender processes
  • The Trust undertakes an annual audit on non-pay expenditure as part of their audit plan. The audit includes a statutory compliance element. In future this will include the modern slavery and human trafficking act requirements.


The Trust has evaluated the main risks related to modern slavery and human trafficking as:

  • lack of assurances from suppliers
  • lack of appropriate clauses in contracts relating to forced labour
  • reputational
  • staff training.

We will take positive steps to address these risks during 2016/17.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes The Royal Marsden slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2016.