Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

 From Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect in the 18th century, the enduring work of church organisations like The Salvation Army, through to modern charities like Hope for Justice, CARE and International Justice Mission, believers in Jesus are often at the epicentre of efforts to end oppression and injustice throughout the world.

 

The UK Church and Christian community have pioneered to end slavery, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking in its various forms.

 

In our most recent audited accounts 16/17, we state:

 

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a positive piece of legislation aiming to safeguard workers from exploitation. Stewardship has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking. As far as is possible Stewardship ensures that the organisations we provide grants to, do not use the funds in ways that are contrary to this Act.

 

By way of context, in that period our total turnover was £74.9m, the majority of which came from charitable gifts received from our over 35,000 giving account customers. These amounts are held in restricted funds as part of our ‘Donor Advised Fund’ service, to be distributed on the advice of each customer to charitable causes in the UK and overseas, in accordance with our due diligence processes.

 

Within these amounts we are pleased to find a growing number of gifts made to support Anti-Slavery charities. Last year we gave over £155k on behalf of our giving account holders to fund organisations on the frontline of slavery investigations and rescues, delivering education programmes to raise awareness in schools, churches and other institutions, as well as those working to influence policy makers.

 

Our annual operating income (those funds freely available for Stewardship to use in pursuance of our charitable objectives) was £3.5m in that period, well below the threshold of £36m set by the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We are therefore not legally required to have a policy on modern slavery, but we support the aims of this legislation.

 

With the vast majority of our activities centred on this charitable gift processing and consultancy services to charities and churches, our supply chain is low value by comparison and, as such, we have assessed it as low risk.

 

That being said, we believe that policies and processes in place within our organisation demonstrate our commitment to take these matters seriously, to promote good practise with all who we work with, in line with Stewardship’s values.

 

  • We are committed to ensuring our staff and those of our regular contractors are paid at or above the London Living Wage for their work for Stewardship, including our contracted cleaning company and other temporary workers.

 

 

  • We are an equal opportunities employer and have a rigorous recruitment process, which includes personal references and other background checks (including ‘right to work’ verification) on staff, as required.
  • We provide excellent working conditions and have related safeguards in place for all staff, including Whistleblowing and Grievance Policies and Procedures.

 

The board of trustees and staff team at Stewardship are committed to continually improving our practices to help identify and combat modern slavery and human trafficking.