We are the governing body of the competition currently known as the Premier League (the "Competition"). The Competition is the leading professional football league competition in England. It was formed on 20 February 1992 and has been the top division of the professional football league in England since the 1992/1993 season.
We are structured as a company that is owned by its 20 constituent member clubs from time to time (“Clubs”), who each hold one share, as well as one special share which is held by the Football Association.
Our Clubs put on the most competitive and compelling football competition in the world. We support our Clubs in every area, administering the Competition, enforcing the rulebook and selling, administering and managing the central broadcast and sponsorship rights.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains consist primarily of service providers whose employees have qualifications and skills that are unlikely to be exploited through forced labour. We assess the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business to be low but we recognise that no organisation can consider itself immune or afford to be complacent.
Our supply chains include third party suppliers of products and services for our commercial, broadcasting, youth development and football administration operations. These include, amongst others, suppliers of the following products and services:
- Audio-visual equipment/service
- Broadcasting services
- Consultancy services
- Financial services
- Food and beverages
- Football operations
- Insurance services
- IT equipment/services
- Maintenance services
- Marketing/advertising/design services
- Professional services
- Property management services
- Recruitment services
- Security services
- Supplies for our offices and other sundries
- Training services
- Travel and accommodation services
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
We do not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking in our organisation or in our supply chain. We comply with all applicable labour laws relating to working terms and conditions, including pay, and we place great emphasis on the fair and equal treatment of all our staff. All our staff (including agency workers) are paid at least the London Living Wage.
Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (the “Policy”) makes clear our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
Training on the Policy and on the risk that the business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process and we are also developing suitable training solutions on slavery and human trafficking for our staff.
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring the Policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
We aim to adopt the highest possible standards and take all reasonable steps to safeguard the children and adults at risk (“Vulnerable Groups”) we engage with. We recognise our duty to promote the welfare and well-being of Vulnerable Groups, to protect them from harm and to respond to abuse, exploitation and safeguarding concerns when they arise. We are committed to providing a safe environment where Vulnerable Groups feel safe, valued and respected.
We have a designated safeguarding lead, procedures and guidance in place underpinned by education to ensure that staff recognise what constitutes poor practice and abuse, and their responsibilities to respond appropriately. Our Safeguarding Policy is available via the following link: https://www.premierleague.com/safeguarding.
Supplier Due Diligence
We expect all our consultants, contractors, suppliers and other business partners (together “Suppliers”) to adopt the same high standards that we adhere to. As part of the contracting process, where appropriate, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our Suppliers will hold their own Suppliers to the same high standards.
We have recently reviewed and amended our standard terms and conditions for Suppliers to include an express obligation that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in both letter and spirit.
As part of the process of identifying and assessing any actual or potential involvement in modern slavery in our supply chain we require those employees responsible for procuring services to assess the risk of potential issues relating to modern slavery through our new supplier process and encourage all employees to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains. We actively encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns.
Assessment of Effectiveness
In order to assess the effectiveness of the measures we take, we will regularly review and refine our policies and procedures in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking and will include updates on any actions we take in future statements.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.
Click the link below to download a PDF version of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, signed by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore.
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
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