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Modern Slavery Statement 2018-2019

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

Modern Slavery Statement 2018-2019

This is our third 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 2019 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 the entire business of the National Theatre.

Our anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and steps taken

In 2018/19 we continued to assess potential risk areas in our relationships with the many contractors and suppliers we use. We have built on the foundation work commenced in 2016/17 which was progressed in 2017/18 and ensure that high risk areas are identified and addressed in any new contractual relationship.

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. In previous years we have focused on contracts for information technology, housekeeping, security and food and beverage supplies. We have maintained our efforts in these areas by including anti-modern slavery provisions in contracts and working with suppliers with their own policies and practices to counter modern slavery and human trafficking.

During 2018/19 we undertook a review of suppliers to our costume department. This aimed to identify the range of suppliers and understand the policies and practices of those suppliers in relation to fair sourcing of goods and fair employment practices. We will continue work in this area during 2019/20.

The National Theatre operates robust recruitment policies, including carrying out eligibility to work checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. We have a Whistleblowing Policy in place which staff can follow to raise any concerns about any practices in the workplace or within our supply chain.


Our future plans

We take our commitment to improving our practices very seriously and review our business on an ongoing basis. Our plans for 2019/20 include:

  • continuing work with our costume department to ensuring that our suppliers are free from modern slavery and human trafficking; and
  • training relevant staff on the law relating to modern slavery, the areas of greatest risk and how they can raise concerns if they suspect any supplier may be engaging in modern slavery.



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