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Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is designed to tackle slavery in the UK and consolidates previous offences relating to trafficking and slavery. The act extends to England and Wales.

Our zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery

We know that slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (Modern Slavery) is a global and growing issue from which no sector or economic area can be considered immune. We have a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery of any kind within our operations and supply chain, and will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected.

Our supply chain

During 2017, we reviewed our standard supplier contractual terms to consider obligations on suppliers to:

  • comply with the Modern Slavery Act
  • conduct regular Modern Slavery risk assessments within their own supply chains
  • implement appropriate controls to prevent Modern Slavery
  • notify us immediately if they become aware of any Modern Slavery within their supply chains

These obligations are being incorporated into our standard terms, and suppliers in breach of these obligations will face appropriate actions, which could include termination of contracts.

This work continued during 2018 when we assessed and amended key contracts already in existence to ensure standards are applied consistently across our supply chain.

Staff wellbeing

Forced, bonded or compulsory labour is not used by Benenden Hospital; all employees are free to leave their employment after reasonable contractual notice. Employees are not required to lodge deposits of money or identity papers as a condition of employment.