Guide Dogs’ Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement sets out the actions that Guide Dogs is taking to ensure the organisation complies with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”). This statement relates to actions and activities during 2017.
The Organisation and Supply Chains
Guide Dogs is a registered charity in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people, and campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment. Guide Dogs pays at least the National Living Wage to all its employees and complies with the Working Time Regulations (1998). We conduct the proper recruitment checks on our staff to ensure they have the right to work in the UK and that their salary is paid directly into each individual’s own bank account. Guide Dogs wants to ensure its business and supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. To achieve this, it has:
- A modern slavery and human trafficking guidance document
- A process for assessing risk in its supply chain
- A tendering process designed to exclude new suppliers who might contravene the Act
- A questionnaire for all appropriate suppliers contracting with Guide Dogs
- Contracts for all suppliers containing obligations to comply with the Act, and to procure compliance down the supply chain
Should Guide Dogs identify any breach of the Act by a supplier, it will assess and investigate it the breach and decide upon the best course of action to take. Any action from the outcome of the assessment is the responsibility of the supplier.
The Executive Board are responsible for ensuring that Guide Dogs complies with the Act. In doing this it is supported by in-house legal, human resources and procurement expertise.
The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
- Whistleblowing policy
- Ethical statements
- Volunteering Agreement and Policy
- Procurement Policy, including Modern Slavery Guidance
- Recruitment Policy
All staff have access to relevant policies. The organisation has raised awareness of modern slavery issues and associated risks by circulating a series of communications to staff during 2016 and 2017 and publishing this statement. Formal training is under development for relevant staff and volunteers, as well as for any new staff.