The Salvation Army is an international movement which, for administrative purposes, is divided into territories. A Salvation Army Territory might comprise one country, several countries or conversely in some instances, one country might be divided into two or more territories. The principle aim is to manage as efficiently as possible an organisation that is at work in 128 countries. In every country where The Salvation Army is present it seeks to raise awareness of the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery and where possible to actively engage in working with victims or potential victims.
Although each Salvation Army Territory is governed according to the laws and regulations of the country or countries in which it is established, there is an authority handed down to the appointed leader of each territory from the General of The Salvation Army whose office is International Headquarters in London.
For Salvation Army administrative and leadership purposes the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland (UKI) is one territory. For more information see: http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/our-fundraising-explained
In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, The Salvation Army has approximately:
- 35 500 members
- 4250 employees
- 1100 Salvation Army officers (full-time ministers)
The territory is further divided into divisions with a number of Salvation Army Corps (churches), social and community centres found in each. In addition to centrally mandated contracts each Salvation Army corps, social or community centre, is able to source its own supplies, in most instances these supplies comprising food, literature, and other materials pertinent to the activities of those centres. For the most part, such purchasing will be from national supermarket chains, reputable web based purchasing, or local, family owned businesses.
The Salvation Army seeks to be compliant as witness to its own unique position of being heavily involved in the alleviating of modern slavery and/or human trafficking. The UKI Territory has held the government contract for the provision of care to victims of trafficking and modern slavery since 2011, and during that time over 7000 individuals have been referred into the service. The UKI Territory also provides technical and financial support to a number of international anti-trafficking projects. For more information see our Modern Slavery pages
The Salvation Army is itself very active in bringing practical assistance to those whose lives have been affected by the evil of modern slavery and as such is sensitive to the danger of inadvertently finding itself falling short of its own beliefs and standards in this regard.
The Salvation Army as an equal opportunities employer has a rigorous recruitment process. In compliance with the recruitment process, we seek to avoid inadvertently engaging those who present as looking for work for themselves but who are in fact ‘controlled’ by a third person. Our recruitment is mainly managed in house which enables us to conduct a rigorous recruitment process. By having a decicated in house Recruitment Team we have control of the work undertaken and labour conditions for which our employees work.
Where we do use agency workers, these are from reputable employment agencies whose practices, we verify before accepting workers.
Our recruitment practices, include ‘right to work’ checks for all prospective employees. This ensures we maintain an assured overview of those entering our employment and prevents the occurrence of forced or involuntary labour. We have a dedicated Recruitment team along with Human Resource representatives working with our managers in each area to ensure that:
- Recruitment practices are transparent, fair and equitable and in accordance with employment law
- The standard values, corporate behaviours, and policy are being adhered to
- Satisfactory working conditions and related safeguards are in place
- Necessary pre-employment checks are undertaken and approved prior to prospective employees starting in a position
- Appropriate training is provided
The Salvation Army’s Procurement Unit has implemented a specific Assessment Framework for ethical and environmental supplier compliance for use across the organisation. This specifically includes the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This Assessment Framework is being used to assess new and existing suppliers.
A Supplier Ethical Declaration which also specifically covers the Modern Slavery Act 2015 among other areas of ethical, environmental, employment law and best practice which is referenced in the standard purchase Terms and Conditions of the Salvation Army. Making compliance with it a contractual requirement for all suppliers operating under the standard terms and conditions of the Salvation Army. In addition all suppliers and contractors submitting tender responses for the provision of goods or services to the Procurement Unit have to confirm their agreement and acceptance of the terms and conditions and the ethical declaration. These same terms and conditions and ethical declaration are being rolled out to existing suppliers.
Key Performance Indicators have been set as part of the Procurement Unit’s annual targets regarding the use of the Assessment Framework, Standard Terms and Conditions and the Supplier Ethical Declaration. This is focusing on suppliers of temporary labour and services that involve high labour content such as cleaning and catering.
Throughout the next financial year the Procurement Unit will be reviewing the organisation’s supply chain, identifying areas at risk of Modern Slavery, ensuring that those areas receive particular scrutiny and are appropriately audited.
The Salvation Army has a prominent role in seeking to alleviate modern slavery and/or human trafficking. SATCO recognises the need to continually review and tighten its checks and controls in this regard.
Published by Lieutenant Colonel Alan Read, Secretary for Business Administration of the Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland (UKI). For and on behalf of SATCO (Director) May 2018