Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction

This statement is made by the Challenge Network, a charity registered in England and Wales with company number 06845451 and with its registered address at Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London, SE1 7NQ (“The Challenge”) pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”).

It sets out the steps that The Challenge is taking to ensure that slavery, servitude, forced labour, child labour and human trafficking (collectively referred to here as “Modern Slavery”) are not taking place within our business or supply chain.

We are committed to acting in an ethical manner, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to creating effective systems and controls to safeguard against any form of Modern Slavery taking place within our business or our supply chain.

Who we are

The Challenge is the UK’s largest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) and is dedicated to fostering a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. The Challenge is achieving its vision by bringing different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with each other.

Our work

Our work is organised into three different programmes as follows:

    • NCS powered by The Challenge, which provides the National Citizen Service across seven regions across England;
    • HeadStart, our volunteering programme that rewards young people that undertake volunteering work with skills training and an interview with a partner employer; and
    • Step Forward, our apprenticeship programme which matches apprentices with employers and provides training in areas such as early years care, business administration and finance.

Our suppliers

We do not manufacture products, operate factories or handle raw materials. However, our organisation is complex with a wide range of suppliers including suppliers of event spaces, accommodation, IT services, office equipment, professional services from our lawyers and auditors, cleaning services and other office facilities services.

Steps to eradicate modern slavery

To ensure we eradicate Modern Slavery in our business and supply chain we:

    • operate a Modern Slavery Policy that requires staff to investigate suppliers and the actions they are taking to eradicate Modern Slavery;
    • operate a Recruitment & Selection Policy which includes conducting eligibility to work checks for all new colleagues to safeguard against Modern Slavery and ensuring all staff are paid fairly for the work they undertake;
    • operate a Whistleblowing Policy so that all colleagues know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals;
    • operate a Finance and Procurement Policy which requires new suppliers to provide information regarding the steps they are taking to eradicate Modern Slavery from their business and supply chain; and
    • include obligations to comply with the Act in appropriate contracts and ensure an ability to terminate as a result of non-compliance.

Awareness

Our policies are communicated to all our staff as part of their induction and are made available through our internal intranet. We are currently planning to develop more formal training for relevant staff on how to identify Modern Slavery.

Approval of this statement

This statement relates to the financial year running up to October 2016 and has been approved by the Trustees of The Challenge Network

Colin Smith OBE
Chairman of the Trustees
The Challenge Network

Date: 23rd May 2017