Introduction from the Chief Executive
We strive to act with integrity and ethically in all of our business dealings and relationships, to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. We shall also ensure our approach and stance is clear with our partner organisations.
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID) is the UK’s largest charity for the 11 million people in the UK who confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss every day. Established in 1911, we help people to take control of their lives and live the life they choose, removing the barriers standing in their way. We give people support and care, develop technology and treatments, and campaign for equality.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work. They oversee our Chief Executive and Executive Directors who manage our 1000 staff and 1,500 volunteers across the whole charity. We have one wholly owned trading subsidiary, and three wholly owned subsidiaries which are dormant.
Our Supply Chain
The Charity uses a broad range of suppliers who provide goods and services for our Services, Commercial, Fundraising and other charitable activities. This includes local and national vendors used in residential care homes, local community services, communication services, products for resale and support for fundraising events and promotional materials. 100% of our suppliers are based in the United Kingdom, Europe or North America, which are deemed minimal risk, based on the Global Slavery Index.
Our policies on anti-slavery and human trafficking
We do not have a specific policy on anti-slavery and human trafficking, but we do have in place a Whistleblowing Policy that encourages staff to report any concerns including references to modern slavery and child and forced labour.
Action on Hearing Loss’s Continued Commitment
We recognise the importance of reviewing our policies and processes to ensure we can identify and address any issues associated with slavery and human trafficking.
We are committed to continuing to enhance our capacity to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual or potential risks and will expect all of our significant business relationships to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in Action on Hearing Loss or our supply chains.
During the year, we have identified the areas of our supply chain that have potential risk, and have drafted a list of policies to review, new policies to be introduced and processes that will be enhanced that will improve identification and addressing potential issues, in the coming year.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (Part 6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes Action on Hearing Loss’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2016. It has been approved by the Board of Trustees and is signed by Paul Breckell, the charity’s Chief Executive.