Introduction from the Chief Executive
The British Heart Foundation (“BHF”) is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we strive to act ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. We shall also ensure our approach and stance is clear with our partner organisations.
We are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work. They oversee our Directors who manage our 3,700 staff and 20,400 volunteers across the whole charity. We have four wholly owned trading subsidiary undertakings, one of which is dormant.
Our policies on anti-slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in the BHF or our supply chains.
We will treat any breach of our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy very seriously. For example, any employee who breaches the policy will face disciplinary action which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics
In the last year, we have contacted our highest value suppliers to ensure that our updated Supplier Code of Practice has been received and understood and have sought to connect to each of these suppliers on Sedex, the membership scheme that helps companies understand, assess and improve supplier working practices. The Sedex platform allows the BHF to obtain insight into the supply chains of our goods and service providers and view independent audit information. In parallel, many of our key new goods suppliers are regularly visited by BHF staff and have been independently audited on behalf of the BHF to ensure that their business practices are of a standard we, and our supporters, would expect.
This programme of work is ongoing, with a view to affirming our Supplier Code of Practice and implementing Sedex linking with all of our suppliers across the organisation.
BHF’s continued commitment
We recognise the importance of maintaining constant vigilance to identify and address any issues associated with slavery and human trafficking in the BHF and throughout our supply chains. We are committed to continuing to enhance our capacity to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual or potential risks in these areas. This includes communications through various channels to staff and also the ability to report concerns through our Serious Concerns & Whistleblowing process.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (Part 6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is signed by Simon Gillespie, the charity’s Chief Executive.
27 September 2017