Modern Slavery Statement for the Report and Accounts of the Salvation Army for the year ended 31 March 2016
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.
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.
The territory is further divided into divisions with a number of Salvation Army Corps (churches), social and community centres found in each. Each Salvation Army corps, social or community centre, is able to source its own supplies, in most instances these supplies comprising food, stationery, 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 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.
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 and recognises that it is important to tighten up on its purchasing policies. For more information see www.salvationarmy.org.uk/human-trafficking
With this in mind, The Salvation Army has engaged an outsourced procurement partner who, as part of their remit, must develop a specific Audit and Assessment Framework for ethical and environmental supplier compliance for the organisation to use. This will specifically include the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The partner will assist The Salvation Army in implementing the framework.
A Supplier Ethical Declaration is being finalised that will specifically cover the Modern Slavery Act 2015 among other areas of ethical, environmental, employment law and best practice. This will be referenced in the standard purchase Terms and Conditions of the Salvation Army. All suppliers submitting tender responses for the provision of goods or services to the Procurement Unit will have to confirm their agreement and acceptance of the terms and conditions. These same terms and conditions will be rolled out to existing suppliers.
Throughout the next financial year the Procurement Unit will be placing a high priority on reviewing the organisation’s supply chains to identify any area at risk of Modern Slavery, ensuring that those areas receive particular scrutiny and are appropriately audited.