Modern Slavery

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Charities’ modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.

Veterans With Dogs Modern Slavery Act statement

The Charity is committed to ensuring modern slavery is not present in its supply chains and has introduced, and will continue to develop, policy and procedures to manage the way it obtains goods and services to keep its supply chains robust.

Supply chain

Over the last year the Charity has undertaken a risk based approach to working with high risk suppliers, updated our supplier information pages and contacted all our suppliers directly to ensure they are aware of these pages.

Retail is recognised as a high-risk sector and considerable work has been undertaken within the team. All our central retail suppliers have been issued with new contracts incorporating our requirements on Modern Slavery and the buyers have been trained in the importance of these requirements.

Attention will now be focussed on our remaining high risk spend areas and on continuing to raise staff awareness to ensure all goods and services are sourced responsibly.

Staff and volunteer wellbeing

The Charity has a clear framework of rules and behaviours and encourages the reporting of any concerns or breaches so that they can be dealt with appropriately in accordance with our policies and procedures. We offer an independent and confidential Whistleblowing process where staff and volunteers can raise concerns confidentially and anonymously if they wish.

The Charity checks that staff and volunteers can demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Veterans With Dogs on 31 March 2019