Modern slavery and human trafficking

In 2015 the Modern Slavery Act came into force. In support of this DCH has taken steps to ensure compliance with this act. This statement outlines the DCH response to The Act.

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Supply Chain Policy

DCH procurement activities take place in England and our contractors and suppliers are predominantly UK based.

DCH typically raise 20,000 purchase orders on over 1,000 suppliers and contractors with an annual spend of approximately £100m.

We expect our Delivery Partners, organisations within our Frameworks and other companies we engage with to ensure their goods, materials and labour-related supply chains:-
fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and are
transparent, accountable and auditable; and are
free from ethical ambiguities.

DCH has taken the following actions since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

A) Training of staff in the requirements of the act
To raise awareness of staff to the nature of and potential risk areas for modern slavery.

B) Risk analysis to support procurement and contract management
Reviewed expenditure with contractors and suppliers, identifying potential sector risks and focussing on recognised low-pay sectors.
Suppliers identified in the potential risk sectors will be asked at contract review meetings to provide assurance of compliance with The Act.

C) Amending contract terms
Amendments have been made to the DCH Terms and Conditions used for purchase orders and contracts, these now include the requirement for compliance by suppliers with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
DCH has updated its tender documentation to include the mandatory exclusion of any bidder who has been convicted of an offence under section 1, 2 or 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Through these means DCH endeavours to support both the spirit and requirements of The Act.