Our commitment to conduct all of our activities with integrity and in an ethical manner
Sue Ryder is a national charity providing health and social care in our hospices and neurological care centres, and in the community. Sue Ryder raises money to fund its services from various sources including its charity shops. Our shops sell donated stock as well as New Goods, which are sourced by our trading subsidiary Sue Ryder Direct Ltd.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to conduct all of our activities with integrity and in an ethical manner.
We have identified that the purchasing of New Goods for sale in our charity shops, which are sourced from countries that are identified as using child labour and forced labour in their manufacturing industries, are areas of particular concern, as well as the use of agencies for our healthcare services.
- Amended our standard terms and conditions for supply of goods and services to include reference to compliance with the Modern Slavery Act;
- Included appropriate wording in our Procurement Policy and our Due Diligence Questionnaire for Suppliers, to be used by our Procurement Department;
- Varied the terms and conditions with our overseas agents (Agents) that source New Goods for our retail chain, to include adherence to our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy, and for the Agents to ensure that there is no modern slavery as defined in our policy in the supply chain and to let us know what steps they are taking to ensure this is the case. The Agents have confirmed that:
- The end suppliers have signed a code of conduct that includes the Anti-Slavery Policy;
- The Anti-Slavery Policy has been added to their quality control check list, and they will report on it;
- They will ensure that an annual third-party social responsibility audit will be carried out, the results of which will be provided to us.
- Also varied the terms and conditions with our UK and European suppliers who source New Goods from overseas to include adherence to our Anti-Slavery Policy, a requirement for an audit and a statement on what they are doing to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in their supply chain;
- Reminded our care centre directors that agency staff must only be sourced from our preferred suppliers to ensure that the appropriate checks have been carried out.
We will be monitoring our suppliers to make sure that we receive the annual audit reports and the annual statements, and follow up where these are not received.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act and constitutes our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2016.
Chair of Trustees