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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy and Statement

1. Introduction

Eton College takes the issue of modern slavery, as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, seriously. We consider that the likelihood of an incidence of modern slavery in our business is extremely low. 

2. Our business

We are a British independent school and registered charity operating from our premises in Eton, Berkshire. We have over 900 staff and 1300 pupils. To ensure the provision of educational services to our pupils, we use third party service providers for some discrete aspects of our operations (eg catering, plumbing services, building contractors) and for the provision of office supplies, laboratory supplies, IT equipment and other consumables.

3. Our policy in relation to slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to conducting our activities fairly, honestly and with the highest standards of integrity, in accordance with applicable law. We do not tolerate slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business and are committed to ensuring that it does not take place in our supply chains. 

This policy sits alongside our existing Whistleblowing, Equality, Recruitment, Health & Safety and Anti-Corruption Policies. 

4. Our due diligence processes in relation to our business and our suppliers

We comply with our regulatory and legal obligations with respect to procurement of goods and services. Where appropriate, we conduct a tender. We aim to build longstanding relationships with trusted suppliers with a reputation for excellence; we make clear our expectations of business behaviour. 

5. Training for our staff

Those members of staff closely involved in the procurement process for our suppliers are trained on this Policy.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Eton College’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 August 2018.

February 2019