This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. SLM has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
SLM has over 28 years of experience in delivering leisure management contracts on behalf of Local Authorities. As one of the largest leisure contractors in the UK, we currently operate 147 leisure facilities with 44 Councils and employ over 9,000 colleagues. We manage a wide range of facilities ranging from small community centres to large multi-purpose sports and leisure venues.
We engage with a wide variety of organisations for the delivery of a broad range of goods and services.
Our supply chain partners vary in size and structure from very small locally sourced suppliers or contractors to large national corporate institutions.
We encourage smaller businesses to join our supply chain as this accords with our desires to bring social and environmental benefits to the local communities in which we operate.
SLM are conscious that there are commercial, legal and safety related advantages to using suppliers who are able demonstrate compliance and competence and seeks to use external suppliers who share our values to maintain consistency of standards.
Where new suppliers are engaged they must successfully complete the SLM approved suppliers process. Our broad assessment criteria include checks of the following:
Contracts are in place with many of our corporate suppliers. As part of the contract review process we are introducing a contractual requirement for suppliers that they do not engage in any activity that is contrary to the Modern Slavery Act. Over time we will achieve the inclusion of the contractual requirement in all supplier relationships.
SLM will achieve these aims through our initiatives to identify and mitigate risk in the following ways (but not limited to):
We have reviewed our existing policies and procedures to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. The processes that we consider give us control in avoiding modern slavery or human trafficking under the act within our business are:
This statement has been approved by the SLM Board of Directors and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015