This is the second annual Modern Slavery Act Statement made by Chelsea FC plc on behalf of its itself and its UK subsidiary companies (the Group).
The Group has carried out a review of its business and the extent to which the risks it faces have changed since it last published a statement on 31 December 2016. This Statement is published in light of that review.
Chelsea Football Club is one of the world’s leading football clubs. It is also a multinational business which has broad range of commercial partners, sponsors and suppliers which operate in territories around the world. The club also funds the Chelsea Foundation, which is a charity that uses the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people in all over the world.
WHAT IS MODERN SLAVERY?
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. Modern slavery can take many forms, including forced labour, slavery, servitude and human trafficking. This crime can manifest itself in many ways, but what each of its forms will have in common is the exploitation of a person for another person’s (or organisation’s) benefit.
The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) consolidates anti-slavery and human trafficking offences into one piece of legislation and under the MSA it is an offence to:
(a) hold another person in slavery or servitude or require another person to perform forced or compulsory labour;
(b) arrange or facilitate the travel of any person across borders with a view to that person being exploited (i.e. conduct or be involved in human trafficking); or
(c) commit an offence with the intention to commit human trafficking.
OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING SLAVERY
The Club has a zero tolerance approach to slavery, in all its forms, within its supply chains. It is committed to running its business in an ethical and lawful manner and, as such, all persons working for us, and all persons in our supply chain, must comply with this policy and help the Club to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in our supply chain.
In January 2015, we became the first Premier League club to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. This means that we voluntarily agree to pay every member of staff over the age of 18 a fair wage – in line with the cost of living and significantly above the current national minimum wage.
OUR BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN
Third parties in our supply chain include manufacturers of our licensed products and suppliers of merchandise, office equipment, software, food and beverages and maintenance and other services including catering.
Prior to the publication of our first Modern Slavery Act Statement in 2016, we carried out an initial risk assessment of our business to identify areas most at risk from slavery and human trafficking. That risk assessment has been reviewed and the Club has identified no changes in its ongoing risks.
OUR ANTI-SLAVERY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
We have put in place an anti-slavery policy which we expect our suppliers, contractors and other business partners, as well as those working for us, to comply with.
We have a whistleblowing policy in place to allow employees to help us tackle corruption and crime, including modern slavery. Employees, and anybody connected with us, are encouraged to speak up if they have concerns about slavery in our business or within our supply chain.
In 2016 we reviewed our anti-slavery compliance procedures and updated our template licensing agreements, supplier agreements and other standard terms of business to include express terms requiring our counterparties to comply with all applicable laws relating to anti-slavery and human trafficking, to include similar requirements in their own contracts, and to notify us if they become aware of any slavery or human trafficking in their own supply chains.
In 2017, we have implemented new terms and conditions for all purchase orders which require new suppliers to certify, as part of our on-boarding process that they are compliant with anti-slavery and human trafficking laws and that they do not participate in any form of slavery or human trafficking.
ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTIVENESS
In order to assess the effectiveness of the measures taken by the Group we will regularly review and refine our policies and procedures in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking and will include updates on any actions we take in future statements.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps taken by the Group to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain.
22 December 2017