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Modern Slavery Statement 2017-2018

Made by the Royal National Theatre and its trading subsidiary, National Theatre Staging Ltd

Modern Slavery Statement 2017-2018

This is our second annual statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by the Royal National Theatre and its trading subsidiaries (“National Theatre”) during the year ended 31 March 2018 to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of our supply chains and in any part of our business. Of its subsidiaries, only National Theatre Staging Ltd is required to make this statement, but our efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking extend across all the entire business of the National Theatre.

Our anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and steps taken

The National Theatre is committed to continuously improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to ensuring that our supply chains and every part of our business are free from modern slavery and human trafficking.

In 2016/17 we commenced a review to identify and assess potential risk areas in our relationships with the many contractors and suppliers that we use. We have sustained this work in 2017/18.

We continue to include contractual representations by suppliers in our standard purchase orders and contracts for the supply of services that their businesses are free from modern slavery. Our service contracts also contain provisions enabling us to terminate contracts should any instances of modern slavery occur.

We have maintained our focus on contracts which entail the supply of labour as we consider this area to be at greatest risk of modern slavery. The generic scope of such contracts is information technology, housekeeping, security and food and beverage.

Information Technology

  • Our two main software suppliers have adopted comprehensive policies and practices to counter modern slavery and human trafficking;
  • Our principal hardware supplier has agreed to include our standard anti-modern slavery provisions within its contract.


Housekeeping & Security

  • Our housekeeping and security contracts were renewed in 2018. Both included anti-slavery clauses and provisions linking wages paid under the contracts to the London Living Wage.


Food & Beverage

  • Last year we successfully negotiated anti-slavery provisions into nine of our higher value contracts. We have continued the process of approaching our food and beverage suppliers to seek the incorporation of our anti-slavery provisions into their contracts. 12 of our major suppliers have now agreed to these changes.
  • We have developed procurement guidelines for food sourcing to which we have asked our suppliers to commit. These include fair trade and local sourcing requirements which will reduce the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in these supply chains.


Other areas of focus

  • We have updated our production and co-production agreements to include mutual anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions. 


Our future plans

We take our commitment to improving our practices very seriously and review our business on an ongoing basis. Our plans for 2018/19 include working with our costume department to enhance our due diligence on suppliers by asking for information on their policies on fair sourcing of goods and employment practices.



This statement is made pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It has been approved by the Board of Trustees of the Royal National Theatre and the Board of National Theatre Staging Ltd. 


Sir Damon Buffini
Chair, National Theatre