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Modern Slavery Statement


From the wool trade to the industrial revolution, from the Suffragettes to graphene, change has always been at the heart of Greater Manchester’s story. As we grow and develop as a City Region we recognise the fundamental injustices that permeate some areas of our society and we, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are committed to tackling those injustices wherever we can.

In that context modern slavery is a criminal offence and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

As a public sector organisation TfGM recognises that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our business or in any of our supply chains.

We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains.

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”) requires any commercial organisation with a turnover of £36m or more that carries out business in the UK to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. This statement sets out the steps TfGM has taken during the 2018-2019 financial year to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in the organisation or in the supply chains for the 2019-2020 financial year.

Organisational Structure and Supply Chain

TfGM is the transport delivery arm for Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC). TfGM co-ordinates public transport and other types of travel – like driving, cycling and walking – throughout the ten district areas of Greater Manchester, the UK’s largest regional economy outside London.

We work closely with bus, tram and train operators to help put the customer first and improve the journey experience. We also own Metrolink – the UK’s largest light rail network carrying over 40 million passenger journeys a year – and plan for expansion in the future. By investing in new, modern transport interchanges and smarter travel information TfGM is making it easier to travel on public transport. We also promote and invest in walking and cycling as a healthy and sustainable way to travel. With our partners at Highways England and the ten local authorities in the GM area, we work to keep our roads safe and ease congestion.

We are also planning for a more sustainable future. Through implementing the Greater Manchester 2040 Transport Strategy we aim to make the city and region a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work and relax in.

Our commercial activities support the delivery of all of our operating businesses and covers a range of categories including subsidised Bus Services, the operation of the Metrolink light rail network, transport related Consultancy, Information Technology related goods and services, Construction and Civil Engineering. In 2018/2019, we spent over £82 million on goods, works and services, with over 1000 suppliers. Our supply chains include businesses from all regions of the UK and beyond including organisations whose headquarters are across the globe.

TfGM Policies and Procedures

As a major purchaser, TfGM has a responsibility to ensure that any buying activities and those of our suppliers are responsible. TfGM has a range of policies and processes which reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations.

Current policies /procedures which apply include:

Procurement / Legal

  • We expect that all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners have their own policies in place relating to working practices or modern slavery, or for evidence to be available to ensure their standards are in accordance with TfGM’s expectations. As part of our contracting processes, 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.
  • Compliance with the MSA is a pass/fail on the Supplier Questionnaire.
  • We expect and request that our contractors either sign a declaration or commit to terms confirming that in performing their obligations to TfGM under the terms of their engagement they shall:
    -   Comply with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes and regulations from time to time including but not limited to the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and
    -   Have and maintain throughout the term of their engagement with TfGM its own policies (which TfGM may request sight of from time-to-time) and procedures to ensure their compliance; and
    -   Not engage in any activity, practice or conduct that would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 or 4 of the Modern Slavery Act; and 
    -   Ensure that each of its subcontractors and suppliers shall comply with its anti-slavery policy and with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations from time to time in force, including but not limited to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 
  • Should TfGM look to procure or import products or services which could pose an increased risk of slavery or human trafficking, it would undertake further consideration of supply chains in order to take account of potential risks.

Future Proposals

TfGM hopes to build on its existing steps to prevent identify and mitigate the risks of slavery and human trafficking, by putting in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chain;
  • Mitigate the risk of human trafficking occurring in our supply chain;
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chain; and
  • Protect whistle-blowers.

We also and will continue to undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. TfGM’s due diligence and reviews include:

Taking steps to improve substandard suppliers’ practices, requiring them to implement action plans;

Invoking sanctions against suppliers that either fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier conditions of contract, including the termination of the business relationship;

We will continue to develope appropriate clauses and wording for all relevant documents, including contracts, where it is deemed appropriate to detail our approach following the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act.

Performance Indicators

TfGM is reviewing its Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in light of its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act, in order to measure the performance of any anti-slavery actions it has undertaken.

Awareness and Engagement

TfGM recognises that certain employees within the organisation should be required to complete training on modern slavery in order to raise awareness and increase compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

A training module is incorporated within the induction package for new starters. The module should include:

  • the principles of the Modern Slavery Act and TfGM’s obligations under s. 54;
  • how all parts of the business influence purchasing practices which influence supply chain conditions;
  • what employees can do to flag up potential slavery and human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation; and
  • what external help is available, e.g. through the Modern Slavery Helpline.

A presentation will periodically be delivered to various directorates during the regular “Core Brief”.

In-depth bespoke training for employees who work within areas identified as high risk.

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