This is the fifth annual Modern Slavery Act Statement made by Chelsea FC plc on behalf of 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 23 December 2019. This Statement is published in light of that review.
Chelsea Football Club (the “Club”) is one of the world’s leading football clubs. It is also a multinational business which has a broad range of commercial partners, sponsors and suppliers which operate in territories around the world. The Club also funds the Chelsea FC 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) consolidated 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 chain. 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 the law and help the Club to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in our supply chain.
The Club continues 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. The Club also imposes this obligation on third party organisations who supply us with staff to work at our sites.
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.
The Club has in place a risk assessment which identifies the areas most at risk from slavery and human trafficking. The Club reviews its risk assessment periodically in order to identify any new or changing risks and ensure that safeguards are being put in place lower down the chain to minimise the risk of exploitation and trafficking.
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.
The Club has an internal procurement function that has robust procedures to select new suppliers against objective pre-agreed criteria to mitigate risks to the Club. The Club also has a rigorous onboarding process for new suppliers that ensures they meet the Club’s minimum standards and includes enhanced due diligence checks to identify slavery and trafficking risks.
The Club is committed to creating and ensuring a non discriminatory working environment for its staff. In 2020 the Club received the Premier League’s Equality Advanced Standard in recognition of its dedication to equality and diversity across all areas of its business and its commitment to a cycle of continuous improvement with regards to equality.
Our template licensing agreements, supplier agreements and other standard terms of business 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.
Assessment of effectiveness
In order to assess the effectiveness of the measures taken by the Group we will continue to 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.
31 December 2020