Modern Slavery Act Statement

We are the professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the UK, working to promote excellence in primary healthcare. The College is committed to acquiring goods and services without causing harm to others.

This Statement is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) by informing our members, students, staff, campaigners and the public about the College and its policy with respect to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in its supply chains.

Actions in the year to 31 March 2020

The Trustees approved the publication of a statement on the RCGP website for 2019/20 that Modern Slavery is not taking place in any part of its own business or any of its supply chains.

Since November 2016, the College have required suppliers appointed via formal tender exercises to commit to follow the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative.

The Modern Slavery Act is now referenced in RCGP's standard contract and Invitation to Tender (ITT) template documentation, so contracted suppliers must now sign up to abiding by the provisions of the Act.

Procurement have conducted a risk analysis of its supply chains, which mainly fall under the categories listed below:

  • Facilities management, conference facilities
  • Member support including examination services
  • Professional Services
  • IT Equipment and Services

Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative

New suppliers appointed via formal tender exercises and existing suppliers granted contract extensions, are obliged to follow the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICOC). They must ensure that they take steps on RCGP's behalf to guard against modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in this supply chain:

The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice, requiring that:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practiced
  • Regular employment is provided; and
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.

Electronics Watch

Additionally, RCGP ensures that its procurement of IT Equipment and Services follows the policies of Electronics Watch.

This Statement has been approved and published by the Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners and will be reviewed annually.

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