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:

  • Contact our top 250 suppliers to confirm evidential compliance with the act and to at the same time issue the “Supplier Code of Conduct”. This will be inclusive of pharmaceutical suppliers
  • Make evidential compliance with the Act a pre-qualification to participating in Tenders and Quotations
  • Make compliance with the Act an explicit requirement in our Terms and Conditions of Trading
  • Require evidence of compliance, and issue the “Supplier Code of Conduct” at the point of Supplier Set up*
  • Publish the “Supplier Code of Conduct” on the Trust’s website with a short statement reminding suppliers of their obligations under the Act
  • Ensure that the Trust Procurement Team uphold the professional codes of conduct and practice, as defined by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, in all matters relating to our supply chains
  • Use NHS Supply Chain as a route to market where possible, understanding that all suppliers utilised through this route are compliant with the Act
  • Ensure that all staff are trained in and understand their obligations under the Act in relation to our supply chains
  • Continue to train Trust staff on recognising modern slavery through the regular statutory and mandatory portfolio of training

*Applies only to those suppliers defined as a “commercial” organisation in accordance with the Act. (Supplies, goods and services and has a turnover of not less £36m per annum)

Risks

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

  • On-going assurances from suppliers
  • Appropriate clauses in contracts relating to forced labour

We will take positive steps to continue to address these risks during 2017/18.

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 2018.