It is now a legal requirement that large organisations formulate and publicise a policy statement regarding modern slavery and human trafficking. The National Theatre is a large organisation for these purposes and welcomes the opportunity to state very clearly its policy in these respects.
The National Theatre unreservedly condemns, wherever situate, the practices of modern slavery and human trafficking. Such practices have no place, and will find no support of any kind, in any of our or our subsidiaries’ businesses. Furthermore, we intend to be vigilant in making decisions regarding our suppliers or potential suppliers by means of seeking confirmations and commitments as to the absence of these practices in their businesses; and by withdrawing from existing contracts (where we may lawfully do so), or by declining to enter into or renew a contract with a supplier or potential supplier, should our counterparty be unable to give us such confirmations and commitments.
The National Theatre is also required to publicise annually, on its website, its activities over the latest financial year aimed towards the eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking. The first relevant year for us is that which ends on 26 March 2017. We will ensure that the statement of activities for each year is posted on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after the year end.
Should there be any questions or concerns as to the implementation of these requirements, please direct them to the Chief Operating Officer. In the case of staff, the Whistleblowing policy (see the Intranet under Policies>Staff) is hereby extended with immediate effect to cover any such concerns.
Sir Damon Buffini
Chair of The Royal National Theatre