Tameside Healthcare Limited is committed to continuously improving its high standards to combat slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chain, and in acting ethically and with integrity in its business relationships.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes Tameside Healthcare Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 30 September 2017. It covers all the activities of Tameside Healthcare Limited.

Our organisation

Tameside Healthcare Limited is a wheelchair supplier and Repair Company dedicated to ensuring best practise at all times.

We have 16 staff, who work from our building premises based in the United Kingdom. Our staff are directly employed and are not in any category which is generally seen to be vulnerable to modern slavery in this country, so our focus is to ensure there are policies and procedures in place for our suppliers.

Our supply chain

Tameside Healthcare Limited uses a range of suppliers who supply goods for sale, thus supporting our operations.

Having reviewed our business operations and relationships, we believe that the area of highest modern slavery risk is in the supply chain supporting the procurement of goods and materials for our repairing activities and for resale in our showroom, particularly if those suppliers are in high-risk countries and/or manufacturing goods.

Due diligence

Tameside Healthcare Limited carries out comprehensive due diligence on suppliers and has developed very clear procedures for assessing and auditing those suppliers. This ensures that we only select suppliers who comply with our high standards and policies.

We refuse to deal with any suppliers which we class as high risk. If we consider there is any risk at all, they must provide a full and complete list of all sites they are proposing to commission goods from on behalf of Tameside Healthcare Limited on an annual basis.

All manufacturing sites must then provide an annual Independent Ethical Audit to ensure ethical standards and full transparency are maintained.

Should a supplier fail or refuse to provide the information required or meet our expectations, this will result in Tameside Healthcare Limited not entering into a relationship with them or terminating any current relationship.

Policies

Tameside Healthcare Limited has policies which aim to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain. These include:

  • Responsible Procurement Policy covering issues of human rights, child and forced labour and modern slavery, which Tameside Healthcare’s suppliers are required to comply with; and
  • Whistleblowing Policy which encourages staff to report any concerns including any related to modern slavery/trafficking and child and forced labour.

Looking ahead

We will continue to review our procurement process and engage with our suppliers, and provide further training on modern slavery as appropriate.

Approval

This statement has been approved by the Directors of Tameside Healthcare Limited and signed by same.