Modern Slavery Statement
SWANSEA CITY ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED
(incorporating SWANSEA STADIUM MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED)
MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement covers the activities of Swansea City Association Football Club
Limited incorporating Swansea Stadium Management Company Limited (together
referred to as the ‘Club’). Swansea City Football 2002 Limited is the holding
company of the Club.
The Club does not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking in its organisation or
in its supply chain.
This statement sets out the steps that the Club has taken to eliminate, as far as
possible, the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 creates offences in respect of slavery, servitude,
forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. The Club is committed to
combatting all such forms of modern slavery.
Our Group Structure and Business
The Club is a professional EFL Championship football club which plays its home
matches at Liberty Stadium and participates in domestic club competitions. The Club
has a number of other business operations, including; football operations,
commercial partnerships, media distribution, ticketing, retail and community projects.
The Club also has an international presence.
The majority of the Club’s operations are conducted in the UK through the Academy
and Development Centres across South Wales. The Club has some limited overseas
activities in the United States of America. For further information about the business,
its organisational structure and operations visit www.swanseacity.com
Sodexo Limited are the Club’s events management company providing food,
beverage and events management services at the Liberty Stadium.
In addition to these the Club has an affiliated charity, Swansea City Community
Trust, which works across South Wales within the community providing a range of
services, education and training to disadvantaged individuals and groups.
Our Supply Chain
The Club uses a wide range of suppliers who supply player and replica kit, IT and
other office equipment, food and beverages, events facilities, retail items, digital
media, labour, broadcasting services, audio-visual services, consultancy services,
couriers, entertainment, insurance services, maintenance services, medical
treatment/supplies, pitch-related products and services, professional and other
financial services, recruitment and security services, travel and accommodation
providers and utilities.
These include a small number of suppliers, direct or indirect, in countries deemed to
be higher risk, based on the Global Slavery Index.
Our Commitment to Tackling Modern Slavery
The Club is committed to equality and high ethical standards within our business and
sustainability within business operations. The Club complies with all applicable
employment laws relating to working terms and conditions, including pay and the
Club prides itself on its equality work. The Club has successfully attained the
intermediate level of the Premier League Equality Standard.
As part of this commitment the Club is reviewing its existing business and people
polices to help ensure that its business operates in an ethical and responsible way
that takes into account modern slavery risk. The policies identified to be reviewed
(with the greatest relevance to modern slavery) are:
Health and Safety Policy;
Bribery and Corruption Policy
Our Policies and Procedures
Our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy confirms our commitment to
acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships and in future
The policy also confirms our intention to implement and effect systems to eradicate
the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within our business
and/or supply chains.
The policy also provides that all new or revised commercial contracts will include a
clause stipulating the other party’s commitment to tackling modern slavery and
We have a robust Grievance Procedure and Whistleblowing Policy together with a
tailored Speak Up Speak Out Policy for safeguarding issues and concerns. The Club
prides itself on workplace communication, strong management and grievance
procedures to ensure that any complaints are properly identified and addressed.
The Club’s Recruitment Policy ensures that we operate a safe recruitment process,
asking specific questions of individuals and ensuring that those working with children
and vulnerable adults are DBS checked.
The Safeguarding Team plays a key role in ensuring that those involved with the
Club, whether a member of staff, a first team player, an academy player, customer or
supporter are free from the risk of harm and are safe when utilising the Club’s
The Safeguarding Officers are trained to represent different departments. The
Safeguarding Officers provide a direct link for all stakeholders to raise any concerns
or issues which arises. There is a robust referral process in place for any form of
The Safeguarding Team has a direct link with the Local Authority Designated Officer,
South Wales Police (including a designated Police Officer in the Academy and for
match days) and the Prevent Officer located within the Wales Extremist and Counter
Terrorism Unit at South Wales Police.
On match days, there is a designated matchday safeguarding officer, who is able to
respond to any concerns raised.
Supplier Adherence to Values and Ethics / Next Steps
We do not and will not tolerate modern slavery and human trafficking. We now
include modern slavery provisions within our commercial contracts to ensure
suppliers understand our commitment to our policy. The provision is as follows:
The Club has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to ensuring there is transparency in
our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking throughout our supply
chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Although the Club is
responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to modern slavery within their own
business, it is the Partner’s responsibility to ensure their own compliance with relevant legislation.
We will also be implementing, within the next financial year, a new-supplier policy
which will both:
(i) assess the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in any new
supplier and its own supply chains before we engage with that supplier;
(ii) give us the ability to monitor and audit suppliers once they have been
Our audit, legal and business operations teams are involved in ensuring this process
works effectively and will monitor it regularly, adapting as necessary to the changing
needs of our business.
Due Diligence Processes for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
To continue to promote our initiative to identify and mitigate the risk of human slavery
and human trafficking in our supply chains, we will within the next financial year
conduct a review of new suppliers across the Club.
This review will involve each department reviewing and evaluating the new suppliers
within its supply chains and we will then review the results.
This review will involve a review on suppliers’ reliance on seasonal, low-paid or lowskilled
If the results of the review highlight any risk then we will take the necessary actions.
In light of the above, we will, within the next financial year, implement systems to:
Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains – no new supplier
will be appointed without them going through our risk assessment.
Mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our
supply chains, which we will manage through our new supplier process and
our contracts which will, going forward, give us the ability to monitor our
supply chains and potential risk areas.
Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
If we or anyone working for us becomes aware of any instance of modern slavery
occurring within our operations or our supply chain, our Modern Slavery Policy
provides for the reporting of these matters to an appropriate manager and/or the
Head of Safeguarding. Where a supplier is implicated, we will engage with the
relevant supplier(s) and implement an appropriate and timely response. This may
include the immediate termination of the supply agreement. In all instances,
however, we would seek to prioritise the safest outcome for the victims of the
modern slavery activity. There have been no instances of modern slavery reported to
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human
trafficking in our business and in our supply chains, we will be delivering in-house
training to the necessary personnel.
Leaflets will also be made available at all the Club sites for employees and the
general public to peruse.
Additional steps taken
1. The Club have taken steps to pay all employees, regardless of worker status,
the National Living Wage as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
2. The Club’s Equality Policy now includes a statement in relation to our legal
obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The Head of Safeguarding is responsible for ensuring continued monitoring of the
effectiveness of the Club’s Modern Slavery Policy and along with the Safeguarding
Team ensuring appropriate steps are taken should any issues arise.
This statement will be reviewed and published annually. We will review our stated
commitments during the year as we develop our internal procedures to ensure that
appropriate steps are taken to combat the risk of human rights abuse, human
trafficking or slavery in our business and supply chain.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It
constitutes Swansea City Association Football Club Limited and Swansea Stadium
Management Company Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the
financial year ending 31st July 2018 as approved by the Board on the
Signed on the Board’s behalf by:
Gareth Davies, Company Secretary