Everton Football Club Company, Limited (EFC) on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries (together the Everton Family) are committed to having a zero-tolerance approach to any modern slavery or human trafficking practices within the Everton Family and our supply chains. In this statement we explain our current policies and the work we have undertaken to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA), along with our future proposals to strengthen our compliance.
EFC is at the top of the Everton Family group structure. EFC is a privately owned company limited by shares. The remainder of the group companies are also private companies registered in England and Wales which are either limited by shares or guarantee.
EFC is one of the world’s leading and most historic football clubs. We are a multinational business which, through the Everton Family, has a broad range of domestic and international commercial partners, sponsors, and suppliers. We also benefit from the distribution and broadcasting of live football content, such revenue is derived from the domestic and international television and radio rights to the Premier League, UEFA, and other competitions. Through its subsidiaries, EFC operates a charitable foundation, an alternative educational provider and is currently engaged in the development and construction of a first-class stadium.
Our 2019/2020 Policies and Procedures
Everton respects the right to work freely and with equal opportunity. We have clear policies which set out how we expect our employees to behave and conduct themselves. These policies also apply to those who work at our place of business on our behalf, including contractors, suppliers, and those on temporary/ad hoc employment.
All of the Everton Family’s written policies and procedures for employees which touch upon modern slavery or human trafficking risks and behaviours are periodically updated and presented to staff. All new starters were provided with training in these areas and current staff are provided with ongoing training where necessary or where the law changes.
The policies which govern how we treat fellow employees and conduct our operations include:
Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Confidential Reporting Policy
These policies ensure the protection of human rights and compliance with employment legislation, with a view to the elimination of discrimination in the workplace. They encourage an atmosphere of openness and provide an effective remedy for anyone who may feel they are suffering from behaviour indicative of modern slavery.
We have delivered training on the MSA to all managers within the organisation and added the MSA as a standard topic for the Everton Family’s induction which is delivered to all new starters. The Everton Family delivered training to all staff on its expectations in respect of their compliance with the MSA. This rendered a stand-alone MSA policy unnecessary.
Our 2019/2020 Suppliers
Our supply chains for 2019/20 included third party suppliers of products/services required for the overall operation of the Everton Family. These include, amongst others, suppliers of the following products/services:
- Football operations
- Audio-visual equipment/service
- Broadcasting (including production and editing) services
- Catering products and services
- Charitable programmes
- Construction services
- Consultancy services
- Education and training services
- Financial services (including grant funding)
- Food & beverages
- Insurance services
- IT equipment/software/hardware
- Kit and equipment
- Maintenance services
- Marketing/advertising/design services
- Medical Treatment/Supplies
- Pitches-related products and services
- Professional services
- Property management services
- Recruitment services
- Security services
- Supplies for our offices and other sundries
- Travel & accommodation services
To ensure that our supply chain and contractors comply with our zero-tolerance approach to any modern slavery or human trafficking practices, our commercial and supply agreements, wherever possible, are subject to third party contractors complying with all applicable legislation, including the MSA.
Due Diligence and Compliance Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our MSA strategy to identify and mitigate risk we have systems in place to identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chain in turn mitigating the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in the Everton Family or our supply chains. Such systems include:
- A dedicated due diligence team have introduced specific checks and developed a questionnaire regarding MSA compliance which must be completed by key suppliers as part of the due diligence process.
- A dedicated Safeguarding team that are committed to protecting children and young people who are at risk of being exploited by parents, carers, family members or bogus agents.
- Robust policies that must be complied with by all employees, contractors, suppliers and those on temporary/ad hoc employment.
Our MSA Aims
The Everton Family sit in the heart of a community and prides itself on its family ethos and being a values-based organisation. In 2016, the Everton Family developed a five-year “Modern Slavery Act Strategy”, the aim of which was to go beyond mere legal compliance; taking meaningful, sustainable, and ethical steps to help ensure modern slavery or human trafficking does not take place within its supply chain.
The Modern Slavery Act Strategy included a further review of our operations to identify any areas suspectable to a risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. To achieve this goal, we worked with business ethics specialists to assist with the review of our existing MSA stance and develop a strategy for the Everton Family in this area. Over the past four years, we have:
- Reviewed ways to assess MSA compliance of our top suppliers
- Introduced due diligence checks for all new suppliers and commercial partners
- Produced modern slavery risk assessment questionnaires for completion by our top suppliers
- Developed a 5-year Everton Family MSA Strategy
- Delivered training to managers
- Become an accredited Living Wage Foundation (LWF) employer and principal partner of the LWF helping to influence policy in this area
- Added MSA training to the Everton Family’s induction
- Introduced a new ‘Confidential Reporting Policy’ to empower staff members to ‘blow the whistle’
- Participated in an external report into Football and Modern Slavery conducted by UNH Scotland
- Participated in All Party Parliamentary Group meetings on Modern Slavery at the House Of Lords
As a result, the Everton Family is on track to deliver its 5 year-action plan as set out in the table below:
Effectiveness in combating modern slavery and human trafficking
As set out above, our initial focus was on the assessment of risk within our supply chain. We have since turned our attention to implementing specific policies and training programmes to ensure ongoing compliance with the MSA.
To assess the effectiveness of the MSA strategy and the measures taken by the Everton Family, we will continue to monitor the results of the MSA Strategy to update our policies as required and to prevent any exploitation of people involved in our supply chains and in the Everton Family. We intend to improve our MSA compliance year on year and make the right decisions to become a best practice organisation for MSA compliance in the Premier League.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Everton Family’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement covering the financial year ending 30 June 2020 and was approved by the Board of Directors for and on behalf of the Everton Family with an effective date of 10 December 2020.
Signed by Denise Barrett-Baxendale
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Everton Football Club Company, Limited