The Virgin Care group provides front line health and social care services, operating over 400 services across the country, and employing over 7,000 colleagues.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. This is achieved through training of our procurement colleagues and ensuring that all of our suppliers, in order to work with us, adhere to our policies on modern slavery and human trafficking.
We have zero tolerance of slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and our contractors comply with our values we use the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code as our organisational standard on labour. In addition, our standard terms and conditions require suppliers to comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our procurement colleagues. Our Procurement Manager holds the CIPS Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Procurement and Supply and provides regular training to the wider procurement team.
Over the coming year, following a review of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, we intend to continue work on the ETI and Department of Health Ethical Procurement for Health workbook and to develop and implement a new training programme for our procurement team.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2017.