Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Transparency Statement 2020/21

Methodist Council Modern Slavery Act 2015 Transparency Statement

The Methodist Church is committed to working in partnership with others to see the eradication of modern slavery. As such, the Methodist Church has procurement processes in place that ensure that no part of the Methodist Church contracts with any organisation that does not pay their staff the living wage according to the Living Wage Foundation.

Introduction to the Methodist Church

The Methodist Council oversees the work of the Connexional Team which resources the wider Church in seeking to fulfil Our Calling. This statement is adopted by the Methodist Council in seeking to ensure that the supply chains procured and utilised by the Connexional Team do not support slavery or human trafficking.

Supply chain

The Connexional Team has a procurement policy that requires as part of the tendering process that potential suppliers might be asked about: -

  1. attitude to and deployment of the UK Living Wage;
  2. compliance with the Ethical (Investment) Policy of the Methodism Council which may apply to first tier suppliers and their supply chains – such advice as is required should be taken from Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment (JACEI), Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church (CFB) et al; and
  3. compliance with legislation and codes of practice. Wherever possible, the Methodist Council only enters into contracts with organisations that are signed up to the Living Wage Foundation and where a supplier is not already signed up, will seek to ensure that the organisation becomes a member of the Living Wage Foundation within a fixed period of time.

In seeking to ensure that modern slavery does not take place within the supply chains procured and utilised by the Connexional Team steps taken will include: -

  • Ensuring that all suppliers to the Connexional Team are committed to abolishing modern slavery and checking their modern slavery statements where appropriate.
  • Not entering into contracts and if necessary withdrawing from an existing contract, if an organisation does not confirm their commitment to abolishing modern slavery.
  • Where possible, only doing business with suppliers who have their own modern slavery transparency statements (excluding commercial organisations whose turnovers are below that which trigger compliance), who enter into contractual warranties and who are willing to provide compliance and audit information.
  • Including wherever possible in new contracts the right to terminate for breach of the Act.
  • Due diligence activities in relation to existing strategic suppliers which will continue during annual business reviews to ensure that our suppliers regularly review and map their supply chain to identify and mitigate potential modern slavery risks related to their business.

The Church will continue to maintain its online resource material aimed at raising awareness and helping to counter Modern Slavery, through the Joint Public Issues Team.

January 2021

Regarding the adoption of this statement, please see Methodist Council Paper MC/21/29

Approved by the Methodist Council on 27 January 2021.

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