Modern Slavery

Cannock Chase Council is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and in our supply chain management.

The full statement, which can be downloaded below,  sets out Cannock Chase Council's actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and our supply chains. 

Whilst the risk of slavery and human trafficking is considered low due to the nature of the Council's business, the Council remains vigilant to any potential risks and through our procurement policy, strategy and guidance sets high expectations from its supply chains. The Council considers that, due to the nature of its business and the policies/processes that are in operation, there are no areas of its business that are considered to be at high risk of slavery or human trafficking. 

Council Motion / Minutes

Council minute (Minute 51(ii)) from the meeting held on 28th November 2018:

Consideration was given to the following Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 6 by Councillor G. Adamson, Leader of the Council:

Charter Against Modern Slavery
Cannock Chase Council will:
1.    Train its corporate procurement team to understand modern slavery through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s (CIPS) online course on Ethical Procurement and Supply.
2.    Require its contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance.
3.    Challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery.
4.    Highlight to its suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.
5.    Publicise its whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
6.    Require its tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
7.    Review its contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery.
8.    Highlight for its suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed.
9.    Refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency’s national referral mechanism any of its contractors identified as a cause for concern regarding modern slavery.
10.    Report publicly on the implementation of this policy annually.
This Council authorises a budget of up to £7,000 to cover the costs of training and implementation.

(A)    The Charter Against Modern Day Slavery be adopted by the Council.
(B)    A budget of up to £7,000 be authorised to cover the costs of training and implementation of the Charter requirements.

Full Minutes for this meeting can be found by following this link

Related Documentation

Please find below further documentation relating to modern slavery considered by Cannock Chase Council 


Tackling Modern Slavery - A Council Guide .pdf (718.42 KB)

Modern Slavery Briefing .pdf (610.65 KB)

Modern Slavery Presentation November 2019 .pdf (470.54 KB)


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