Modern Slavery Act 2015

This statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps that the North of England Zoological Society has taken to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not occurring in any part of our organisation, in that of our direct suppliers, supply chain or other partner organisations.

Our Ethical Business Policy demonstrates our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing effective systems and controls to reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within our organisation or our supply chains.

Areas of Risk

The Society has identified a number of areas of heightened risk in relation to its operations;

1.         Overseas conservation partners

2.         Overseas suppliers of retail merchandise

3.         Construction contractors and subcontractors

4.         Suppliers of fresh produce for catering and animal feed

5.         Its own staff and volunteers

 

Due Diligence

The Society has undertaken due diligence to reduce the risk of human trafficking and slavery within its operations and supply chains. Due diligence has been undertaken on a number of levels, linked to the level of perceived risk, from writing to and obtaining confirmations from major catering suppliers, overseas conservation partners and all suppliers with whom the Society has had expenditure in excess of £100k over the 12 months prior to the date of this statement. Where possible, additional assurance has been taken, by verifying the Modern Slavery Act statements of qualifying organisations.

 

Our Supply Chain

We have over 3,800 suppliers.

A large number of our suppliers have turnovers which trigger a requirement to comply with the obligation to produce a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”).

We expect that the companies who supply us give us commitments (as and when contracts are entered into or renewed) that they will:

-           Comply with the Society’s Ethical Business Policy

-           Comply with all applicable laws relating to slavery and human trafficking (including the Act)

-           Undertake their own due diligence into their own supply chains and business partners; and

-           Ensure that any contracts with their subcontractors have similar obligations.

We will ask the same of our conservation partner organisations, sponsors and education partners. The implementation of this will, as with our suppliers, depend on negotiating formal agreements as and when they come up for renewal.

Training our team

A training programme is being developed to ensure relevant staff are aware of the organisation’s responsibilities in accordance with the Act. It will help staff identify any concerns around modern slavery as they go about their duties and how to escalate this in the organisation. This will be rolled out during 2017.

Actions for the next reporting period

The Society will be developing training courses in order to increase the awareness and understanding of staff who work in the areas of heightened risk.

New suppliers will be expected to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 before being set up on the accounting system and any purchase of goods or services made.

Due diligence will be extended to all suppliers used over the 12 months before the next reporting period irrespective of the Society’s level of spend with those suppliers

This statement and the commitments and actions within it will be reviewed and updated each year.

 

Dr Mark Pilgrim                                                                                  Jamie Christon

Chief Executive Officer                                                                      Chief Operating Officer

 

1 July 2017