Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

1. S 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Modern Slavery Act“) requires certain large organisations to develop a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement each year detailing the steps which the organisation has taken to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place within its business or supply chains. The National Gallery is not an organisation which is required to comply with s 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, but welcomes the opportunity to state its policy regarding modern slavery.

2. Modern slavery is both a crime and violation of human rights, and may take the form of actual slavery, enforced servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking. The National Gallery is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in its business dealings and relationships, and to putting in place effective systems and controls to guard against modern slavery taking place within its own business or its supply chains. To this end, the Gallery has adopted an Anti-Slavery Policy.

3. The Gallery’s supply chains include those companies providing goods or security, cleaning, maintenance, IS, and building services to the Gallery. The Gallery would also regard those companies which are licenced to run the shops, catering outlets, or other public facilities within the Gallery (“concessionaires“) as forming part of its supply chains.

4. The Gallery will assess its supply chains and carry out a process of due diligence in relation to significant contracts (in areas other than those identified as low risk) seeking confirmation of commitment by its own contractors, suppliers, and concessionaires to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act within their own organisations, and to seek to reduce the risk of modern slavery within their own supply chains. Where such commitments cannot be obtained, the National Gallery will withdraw from contracts (where it may legally do so) and will decline to renew contracts with such counterparties.