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Modern Slavery Act 2015
Statement by The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited
This is the first statement issued by The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited (the “Club”) and its subsidiaries (together, the “AELTC”) pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The AELTC is committed to policies designed to combat slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (collectively referred to as “modern slavery”). We recognise that risks still exist in certain areas, and this statement sets out the steps we are taking to remove the risk of modern slavery in our organisation’s operations and supply chains.
Business Summary and Organisation Structure
The AELTC operates both a private members’ Club and The Championships, Wimbledon, one of the four annual Grand Slams of professional tennis.
The Championships are organised by a wholly-owned subsidiary The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited (“ChampCo”), which also runs The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. To facilitate the AELTC’s Master Plan for development of its premises, major construction work is undertaken by a wholly-owned subsidiary The All England Lawn Tennis Ground plc (“GroundCo”).
As part of staging The Championships, ChampCo operates in numerous business areas. These include ticketing, broadcast and digital production and distribution, retail, merchandising, hospitality, food and beverage provision, transport, technology and facilities management. The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is open throughout the year, and GroundCo construction work takes place for approximately ten months of each year.
In total, the AELTC welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually, and its work is made possible by many thousands of people, from permanent and temporary staff to specialist contractors, including both those working in UK and in international supply chains.
Vision and Values
The AELTC’s vision is to be recognised throughout the world as the pinnacle of the sport of tennis, and to pursue this in a manner that respects the Club’s tradition and values. Those values include the fundamental principles of integrity and respect, which we strive to be observed by all members, visitors, employees, contractors and suppliers, and ultimately by all those who work directly or indirectly for our suppliers. We recognise that this presents a significant challenge but are committed to taking all practical steps in pursuit of our corporate vision.
Policy and Staff Engagement
The AELTC’s standard contractual terms for third party suppliers and contractors include provisions against slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking.
The AELTC (through ChampCo which employs the AELTC staff) has established an internal policy on modern slavery. This policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing effective systems and controls with the aim of ensuring that there are no instances of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
The policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of ChampCo and the Club and communicated to all members of staff. It includes a requirement for all staff to be aware of the risks, to communicate the AELTC policy to its suppliers, and to report any suspected or potential incidence of modern slavery in the supply chains for which they have responsibility. To augment this, the AELTC is committed to providing more in-depth training to relevant members of staff.
The policy also includes a clear statement on whistle-blowing, emphasising that the AELTC encourages openness, and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith, even if those concerns turn out to be mistaken.
Risk Assessment and Due Diligence
The AELTC undertakes an ongoing assessment of the relative risks of modern slavery in different areas of its business and supply chains, aiming to:
In assessing each area, we take account of the nature of the work involved and the location in which the work takes place. For example, we consider certain onsite activities, such as host broadcast production and specialist IT services, to be relatively low risk. In contrast, we consider international supply chains for retail and merchandising to be of higher risk.
For counterparties in higher risk supply chains, we have initiated specific measures to mitigate risk. We require such counterparties to confirm that they have appropriate policies and procedures in place. We also undertake a rolling programme of visits, wherever practical, to those counterparties’ premises in order to evaluate compliance with those policies and procedures.
The AELTC will continue to improve its work in this area, and will ensure that our annual statement and internal policy are updated regularly to reflect those improvements.
This publication is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the AELTC’s statement under that Act for the financial year ending 31 July 2016.
This statement is available as a PDF here.