Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s supply chains

In all of our procurement activity, we aim to be consistent with the highest standards of integrity and ensure fairness in allocating contracts. Equality and diversity, social responsibility and safety are important criteria in the provision of goods and services procured.

Suppliers to South Cambridgeshire District Council must abide by all employment legislation, regulation and codified guidance. We examine, as appropriate, suppliers’ past records in respect of their treatment of staff and their conduct in relation to modern day slavery and human trafficking. Where there are questions over the conduct of a supplier then these shall be investigated and the appropriate action taken

Specifically:

  • Key contractors must have safeguarding policies, procedures and training in place.

  • The Council requires its larger contractors to undertake regular audits of its safeguarding policies, procedures and training, reporting the outcome to the Council.

  • OJEU tender processes shall require potential suppliers to confirm that they are meeting the requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

  • Any supplier engaged by us is contracted to do so in line with the Authority’s safeguarding, equality and diversity, whistleblowing policies and its Member and Officer codes of conduct.

  • Should we look to procure or import products or services from outside the EU which would pose an increased risk of slavery or human trafficking, we would undertake further consideration of supply chains in order to account for potential risks.

  • We would expect all suppliers of goods and services to have their own policy relating to working practices or modern slavery, or for evidence to be available to ensure their standards are in accordance with the council’s expectations. We would request that our suppliers ensure the same of their own supply chains.

Actions going forward:

  • Consideration of the inclusion of standard modern slavery and human trafficking terms and conditions into the council’s contracts.

  • A review of the our existing contracts list to determine whether any additional action is required.

Read our Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement.

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