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The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organizations with an annual turnover of at least £36m to make a public statement on steps they are taking to identify and prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. Oxfam GB advocated for this policy development, and this statement describes steps taken in relation to our own operations and supply chain. We have opted to share detailed information about our current approach in order to demonstrate transparency on this challenging issue and to encourage greater transparency by others. 
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  OXFAM REPORTS SEPTEMBER 2016 www.oxfam.org.uk OXFAM GB STATEMENT ON MODERN SLAVERY For the financial year 2015/16 The UK ’s  Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organizations with an annual turnover of at least £36m to make a public statement on steps they are taking to identify and prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. Oxfam GB advocated for this policy development, and this statement relates to steps taken in relation to our own operations and supply chain. We have opted to share detailed information about our current approach in order to demonstrate transparency on this challenging issue and to encourage greater transparency by others. SIGNED BY MARK GOLDRING CEO, OXFAM GB  2 Oxfam Modern Slavery Statement 2016 CONTENTS  Abbreviations ...................................................................................................... 3   Foreword ............................................................................................................ 4   Executive summary ............................................................................................ 5   Introduction....................................................................................................... 10   1   Oxfam GB, its organizational structure, and its supply chains ................... 13   2   Oxfam GB ’S policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking .............. 23   3   Oxfam GB ’S due diligence processes in its business and supply chains relevant to modern slavery ........................................................................ 26   4   Risk of slavery and human trafficking and steps taken to manage it ......... 44   5   Ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place ............. 48   6   Training and capacity building .................................................................. 50    Appendices....................................................................................................... 51   Notes ................................................................................................................ 53    Acknowledgements .......................................................................................... 55    Oxfam Modern Slavery Statement 2016 3  ABBREVIATIONS  ACAS Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service CCS Crown Commercial Service CL1 Contingent Labour ONE CSR Corporate social responsibility DD Due diligence ETI Ethical Trading Initiative HPC Humanitarian Procurement Centre HR Human resources ILO International Labour Organization IT Information technology ITT Invitation to tender ITUC International Trade Union Confederation KPI Key performance indicator LT Leadership Team M&E Monitoring and evaluation NGO Non-government organization OGB Oxfam Great Britain OJTUS Oxfam Joint Trades Union Shop PSEA Prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation PO Purchase order PRI Principles for Responsible Investment TAFG Trustee Audit and Finance Group TEB Trading Ethical Board SMETA Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit WFTO World Fair Trade Organization  4 Oxfam Modern Slavery Statement 2016 FOREWORD The abolition of slavery in Britain occurred more than 200 years ago. Yet in 2015 the UK government was so concerned about slavery in the UK and in the overseas supply chains of UK companies that it passed the Modern Slavery Act, a testament to the severe exploitation of the weak by the strong made possible by today ’s  global trade system. Oxfam GB was one of a number of NGOs which worked in a coalition with trade unions, companies and investors, led by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), to advocate to the UK government that mandatory disclosure by companies was the way forward. 1  The Act requiresUK organizations with a turnover of £36m or more to report on This includes Oxfam GB. For the Act to have a positive impact, organizations must address in their written statements the fundamental question: ‘H ow are our operations or relationships with business contributing to the risk of modern slavery?’  Given that slavery is such a difficult and a largely hidden issue, this is extremely hard to do. Oxfam GB has had a programme for addressing labour rights in its supply chain for almost 20 years, but has not until now focused on the specific risks of modern slavery whether in our supply chain or our own operations. The Act highlighted the need for us to develop our work on labour standards and take on board known risk factors for modern slavery, which include social factors (such as poverty and migration, especially in countries with poor governance) and factors in the business model, such as short-term supply relationships lacking trust, parties in the supply chain earning very low margins and agency labour involving recruitment fees. To date we have found no instances of modern slavery in our operations or supply chain. However, the limitations in our approach do not yet enable us to say unequivocally that there are no such instances occurring. We have chosen to structure our statement in accordance with the guidance provided by CORE 2  Coalition, a civil society coalition that works to advance the protection of human rightsand the environment with regard to the global operations of UK companies. CORE has critiqued the published statements of UK companies to date, 3  and has concluded that most are flawedand disclose too little meaningful information to assess their approaches. Oxfam GB has therefore opted to share detailed information about its current approach in order to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and to encourage greater transparency by others. In this first report, we are very aware that this statement falls well short of being an example of good practice. There are gaps in visibility of our supply chains and limitations in the tools used to identify and address risks to workers. We recognize we have work to do to review and address the risks in the countries where Oxfam GB has humanitarian or development programmes. We have sought to be open about these gaps, and we commit to learn and improve our practice over time and to report progress and challenges annually. We welcome feedback from those with expertise on these issues about ways in which our approach could be strengthened. Mark Goldring, CEO, Oxfam GB, September 2016
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