Toybox Statement on the Modern Slavery Act 2015
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery affects over 40 million men, women and children globally, including within the UK. It is a crime which forces people, illegally, to work against their will, for little or no payment. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations supplying goods or services with a turnover of over £36 million to prepare and publish an annual ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’. This Statement must set out the steps the organisation has taken, if any, during its financial year to ensure slavery or human trafficking is not taking place in its supply chain.
The Toybox Charity
Toybox is an international development charity and as such, although we are nowhere near the income threshold of £36 million felt it was appropriate, due to the nature of our work; we should have a modern slavery statement.
Toybox has a zero tolerance stance on acts of modern slavery and any forms of human trafficking and will not accept any such action by its employees, partners, agencies, suppliers, contractors, consultants or volunteers.
Our policy is to address the anti-modern slavery laws adopt procedures to ensure that modern day slavery does not occur in our organisation or supply chain; and we expect all of the organisations that we do business with to adopt and enforce polices which comply with legislation.
We want to ensure: our values are embedded throughout the organisation and all people who come into contact with Toybox are treated with respect and dignity.
Our structure and supply chain
Toybox has a very limited supply chain; currently this consists of suppliers who provide office support, office supplies and companies who support the organisation with Marketing and Fundraising campaigns.
In respect to our development work with overseas partners; all the partners we work with are separate legal entities with their own Boards and operate autonomously from Toybox and are in control of their own purchasing and employment decisions. However, all partners sign and agree to adhere to this statement.
Transparency within our supply chain
Within our organisation and supply chains we have adopted a due diligence process, which aims to minimise the risks of partnering with an organisation involved in unethical practices. We carry out checks to ensure that our partners and suppliers:
- are financially stable;
- operate in accordance with Toybox’s anti-bribery policy;
- are not on a sanctions list and also verifies its other partners/suppliers;
- have their own ethical and safeguarding policies or will abide by Toybox’s policies and;
- operate in line with UK legislation and relevant legislation in operating countries
Supporting policies and procedures
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we currently have the following policies in place:
- Toybox Ethical Fundraising and Partnering Policy
- Toybox Whistleblowing Policy
- Toybox Safeguarding Policy
- Toybox Risk Policy
Additionally we ensure the following:
- Robust recruitment processes in line with UK employment laws
- Market related pay
- Wellbeing activities which support the physical and mental wellbeing of all staff
Supporting our people
All staff and volunteers will have a copy of this policy and access to the Whistleblowing Policy which includes information on how to report any concerns they may have. This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Toybox's modern slavery and human trafficking statement.