Modern Slavery Charter – Birmingham City Council
Posted on 30th September, 2021
Implementation of the Co-operative Party Charter Against Modern Slavery
In July 2021, Birmingham City Council signed the Co-operative Party’s Charter Against Modern Slavery. The charter takes a 10-step approach, ensuring that local authorities work proactively to ensure there are no instances of modern slavery taking place within their supply chains. It commits us to:
- Training our procurement team to understand modern slavery through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s online course on Ethical Procurement and Supply.
- Requiring contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance.
- Challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery.
- Highlight to suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.
- Publicise our whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
- Require our tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
- Review our contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery.
- Highlight for our suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed.
- Refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency’s national referral mechanism any of our contractors identified as a cause for concern regarding modern slavery.
- Report publicly on the implementation of the charter annually through our Modern Slavery Transparency Statement.