The Modern Slavery Act
The Modern Slavery Act is a piece of legislation which sets out a range of measures on how modern slavery and human trafficking should be dealt with in the UK. Whilst not all of the Act is directly relevant for business, section 54 entitled 'Transparency in supply chains' impacts the corporate sector. The Act, which came into force on 29th October 2015, requires many businesses to disclose a 'slavery and human trafficking statement'.
LTHT complies with this requirement in the following statement:
“In relation to its procurement processes the Trust has introduced the new Supplier Questionnaire (SQ) document published by Crown Commercial Services that asks specific questions around the Modern Slavery Act and any breaches of labour laws which result in disqualification of unsuitable organisations.
The Trust also purchases large amounts of products from 3rd party distributors such as NHS Supply Chain and utilises framework agreements from national framework providers such as Crown Commercial Services (CCS) and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOECPC) who also include specific questions around the Modern Slavery in their procurement documentation.”