Modern Slavery Statement
This statement applies to the National Emergencies Trust. The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.
Organisational Purpose and Structure
The National Emergencies Trust is an independent body that is trusted to work collaboratively to raise and distribute funds fairly and efficiently at a time of a national domestic disaster, harnessing the nation’s generosity to support those affected.
The National Emergencies Trust is set up in such a way to be able to mobilise quickly through its dedicated volunteers and partners to respond in an emergency but has a core team of employed staff to set the strategy and to communicate the work of the charity.
All staff members are employed from their home addresses and meet from time-to-time at the National Emergencies Trust’s main office, Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London, SW1P 2DX.
The National Emergencies Trust considers that modern slavery encompasses:
- human trafficking
- forced work, through mental or physical threat
- being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse or the
threat of abuse
- being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property
- being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
The National Emergencies Trust acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The charity understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal
practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The National Emergencies Trust does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. It is committed to ensuring a real living wage for all its staff, other than those who have volunteered, and expects its suppliers and benefiting organisations to do the same.
No labour provided to National Emergencies Trust in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The National Emergencies Trust strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the UK and in many cases exceeds those minimums in relation to its staff members.
In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of the National Emergencies Trust include those related to the distribution of funds to both local providers, where the emergency has occurred, and national organisations with specialist service provision.
The National Emergencies Trust receives donations directly from the public but also other funders.
The National Emergencies Trust considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that it funds or that provides funding or services to the National Emergencies Trust .
Impact of COVID-19
Despite the permitted delay, the National Emergencies Trust remains in a position to publish its statement for the financial year 2020/2021 in line with the original publishing requirements.
The National Emergencies Trust’s modern slavery risks were subject to the same monitoring procedures during the pandemic as at all other times.
The National Emergencies Trust carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.
The National Emergencies Trust has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the National Emergencies Trust takes the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:
- reviews supplier contracts to include termination powers in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery
- puts in place measures in place to identify and assess the potential risks in its supply chains
- will undertake impact assessments of its services upon potential instances of slavery
The National Emergencies Trust has the following policies which further define its stance on modern slavery:
- Procurement policy
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy
- Recruitment policy
Slavery Compliance Officer
This is the National Emergencies Trust’s People & Governance Assistant Director, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the charity’s obligations.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
Date of Approval: 09th April 2021
Name: Gilly Goldsmid
Job Title: Assistant Director – People and Governance