21 November 2023
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is a UK based charity providing advice and support to the UK social care sector.
Modern slavery is an umbrella term that covers human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour. As a charity and a small business with a low headcount we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery both in our business and our supply chains.
Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
SCIE is opposed to slavery and human trafficking and is committed to making meaningful improvements to sustainable workplace conditions and business practices including, but not limited to, the prevention of forced or trafficked labour.
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.
Our policies in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The following policies are available to all staff through the SCIE intranet:
- Equity, diversity and inclusion policy.
- Grievance policy.
- Harassment and bullying policy.
- Procurement and value for money policy
- Recruitment policy.
- Social value policy.
- Whistleblowing policy.
SCIE ensures that all employees are paid more that the living wage, and we conduct regular salary benchmarking where all salary grades are reviewed against the external market.
Our supply chain
Our supply chains are limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers.
Through modifying our own operations and encouraging our suppliers to do so, we consider the social, environmental and financial impact of our business throughout our supply chain.
This statement is applicable to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees, trustees, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, contractors, external consultants and business partners.
Embedding the principles
We ensure that the principles within this commitment are embedded at SCIE by:
- Delivering a mandatory e-learning training module to all new recruits to SCIE as part of their induction process.
- Continuing to take action to embed a zero-tolerance policy towards modern slavery.
- Ensuring that our procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include references to modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Ensuring staff involved in procurement activity are aware of and follow modern slavery procurement guidance on GOV.UK.
- As part of our Social Value Action Plan we regularly conduct a mapping exercise of our supply chain to understand it better, ensure its values align with SCIE’s and to provide supportive communications to encourage social value.