SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As an NHS organisation, the Trust does not engage in profit-making activities which could trigger the reporting requirement within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. In recognition of the importance of eliminating modern slavery, the Board of Directors have prepared a voluntary statement in response to the Act;
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is committed to maintaining and improving systems, processes and policies to avoid complicity in human rights violation.
We realise that slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms, such as forced labour, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and workplace abuse.
The Trust is fully aware of the responsibilities it bears towards patients, employees and the local community and as such, we have a strict set of values that we use as guidance with regard to our activities. We therefore would expect that all suppliers to the Trust adhere to the same principles.
The Trust already exercises due diligence and checks on suppliers in line with both our internal Standing Financial Instructions and in compliance with the Public Contract Regulations. As part of our commitment the Trust is currently working with supply chain partners to review its supply chains and will be introducing a ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ with a view to requesting all existing and new suppliers confirm that they are compliant with the Act. Indeed, as the Trust primary supplier of goods and consumables, NHS Supply Chain already uses a Supplier Code of Conduct with every supplier who is approved to sell its products via the NHS catalogue*.
The Trust’s Procurement Procedures and the NHS standard terms and conditions of contract will be updated to take account of the Act.
Pan-Lancashire Anti Slavery Partnership Toolkit - This document provides an overview of Modern Slavery and a detailed pathway and guidance for everyone across Lancashire to use.