Modern slavery statement

Leonard Cheshire support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life — opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.

Leonard Cheshire has a large and complex supply chain with a variety of commercial relationships with third parties. The charity recognises the importance of its role in executing the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We continue to work to ensure a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.

We continue to work to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain, including:

  • A risk assessment and review of our spend and supply base has led to Contracts/agreements being placed for 80% of our core spend, creating mandatory suppliers which are managed by procurement.
  • In Q4 2018 a new Procurement Policy will be launched internally which sets out the governance, controls and measures for complying with mandatory suppliers and the consequences of breaching these arrangements.  Compliance to the Procurement Policy is compulsory and shall be monitored by the Procurement team through reports to the business.  
  • Centralised procurement contracts contain contractual provisions to ensure existing suppliers and new suppliers understand the company’s approach to modern slavery and these are signed up to by our suppliers.
  • The charity’s procurement team continues to roll out a modern slavery awareness programme, ensuring the charity’s employees and volunteers will have access to the necessary information which includes launch of the new Procurement Policy. 
  • In Q1 2019 the procurement team will roll out an internal comms awareness campaign, focussing on 7 days of real life scenarios/issues to enable colleagues to spot signs, know how to react and how to respond.

To measure our effectiveness in tackling modern slavery, Leonard Cheshire will be monitoring the following key performance indicators:

  • % of centralised procurement contracts containing modern slavery contractual provisions
  • % usage by the business of mandatory suppliers and in turn compliance with the Procurement Policy