© MSF/Pierre-Yves Bernard
28 Mar 19 17 May 19

MSF UK modern slavery statement

Médecins Sans Frontières UK (“MSF UK”) has produced this statement in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

This statement sets out the steps that MSF UK has taken to ensure that its business and supply chains are free from modern slavery, in relation to the financial year starting on 1 January 2018 and ending on 31 December 2018.

Our organisation

MSF UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee of its members and governed by its Articles of Association. MSF UK is part of an international movement of independent legal entities, commonly referred to as MSF, which are bound by their shared name and identity, and a shared commitment to the MSF Charter and principles.

MSF provides life-saving care in over 70 countries around the world. Each MSF office, including the UK, plays a part in providing the resources and budget to maintain projects in many of these countries and ensure we are working where we are needed most.

MSF UK raises money, increases public awareness, provides strategic and technical expertise to support MSF’s field work, and recruits staff on behalf of the MSF movement. We provide staff and financial grants to MSF’s overseas Operational Centres, which are responsible for carrying out our medical humanitarian work.

MSF UK does not directly manage operations in the field: those operations are run by our Operational Centres.

Our values

MSF UK adheres to clear behavioural values, including respect and non-discrimination. MSF UK has a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking in any form. MSF UK takes its obligations seriously and is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chains.

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and expect the same of our employees, volunteers, consultants, partners and suppliers.

Our supply chains

To support our UK operations, fundraising and public awareness work, MSF UK procures a range of goods and services, including in relation to: marketing, media, research, facilities, HR services, IT and office premises. We do not have any significant UK spend in the vulnerable sectors of agriculture, construction, hospitality or manufacturing.

MSF operations in the field are run by MSF’s overseas Operational Centres.

To date we have not seen evidence of modern slavery in our organisation or supply chain. However, modern slavery is often a hidden crime, and MSF UK is committed to continuing to focus on understanding our risk exposure and putting in place measures to mitigate risk.

Our approach in the UK

MSF UK has in place the following policies and procedures, which form part of our approach to mitigate the risk of modern slavery within our business and direct UK supply chains:

  • Anti-corruption and bribery policy
  • Anti-harassment and bullying policy and procedure
  • Complaints procedure
  • Equality and diversity policy
  • Grievance policy and procedure
  • Recruitment and selection policy
  • Safeguarding policy and procedure
  • Whistleblowing policy and procedure

MSF UK is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for ensuring that MSF UK adheres to MSF’s core principles and values, and that it conducts its business in an effective and efficient manner, with due care, accountability, responsible management of resources, and in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.

MSF UK staff receive training on the importance of speaking up in accordance with our various whistleblowing, complaints, and other policies, and MSF UK is committed to promoting an open and transparent environment in which staff feel empowered to raise concerns.

In 2019, MSF UK will continue to invest in policies, training and procedures that will promote awareness amongst MSF UK staff of the issue of modern slavery, and enhance MSF UK’s ability to identify, prevent and eliminate modern slavery.

MSF UK is committed to ensuring that our suppliers and any of their employees, agents or sub-contractors operate within the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to notify MSF as soon they become aware of any breach or potential breach. For 2019, we further commit to ensuring that this is a standard requirement in all MSF UK contracts and supply chains.

Where appropriate we will work with suppliers and partners to address any issue which arise, always bearing in mind the protection of individuals who may have been harmed due to modern slavery. For 2019, we further commit to reviewing our due diligence programme for our suppliers, promoting oversight and ongoing supervision.

Our approach within the international MSF Movement

MSF UK recognises that there is an increased risk of modern slavery within the countries in which the MSF movement provides humanitarian aid.

MSF operations in the field are run by MSF’s overseas Operational Centres. All MSF entities, including our Operational Centres, are bound by a shared commitment to the MFS Charter and principles. MSF UK has framework agreements in place with each Operational Centre to which it provides staff or financial grants, to ensure an appropriate exchange of information between entities.

MSF UK commits to maintaining a dialogue within the international MSF Movement on the importance of eliminating slavery and trafficking globally.

This statement was approved by the MSF UK Board of Trustees on 29 March 2019.

Javid Abdelmoneim
Chair of the Board of Trustees