Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made by Manchester United Football Club Limited on behalf of itself, its UK parent undertakings and its subsidiary undertakings (together the “Group”).
About Manchester United
Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 140-year heritage we have won 67 trophies, enabling us to develop the world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers.
Manchester United is dedicated to conducting its business consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. We have an obligation to our employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, community representatives and other business contacts to be honest, fair and forthright in all of our business activities. In accordance with this ethical approach, we do not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking in our organisation or in our supply chain.
We operate and manage our business as a single reporting segment – the operation of a professional sports team. We review our revenue through three principal sectors – Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday:
• Within the commercial revenue sector, we monetise our global brand via three revenue streams: sponsorship; retail, merchandising, apparel & product licensing; and mobile & content;
• We benefit from the distribution and broadcasting of live football content directly from the revenue we receive and indirectly through increased global exposure for our commercial partners. Broadcasting revenue is derived from the centrally negotiated domestic and international television and radio rights to the Premier League, UEFA competitions and other competitions. In addition, our wholly-owned global television channel, MUTV, delivers Manchester United programming to over 90 countries and territories around the world; and
• Old Trafford stadium is one of the world’s iconic sports venues. It currently seats over 75,000 spectators and is the largest football club stadium in the UK. We have averaged over 99% of attendance capacity for our Premier League matches in each of the last 18 years.
At the top of our group structure is a US listed plc, with the remaining majority of our group companies being incorporated in England and Wales.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include third party suppliers of products/services required for our Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday operations. 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
• Consultancy services
• Education and training services
• Financial services
• 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
• Travel & accommodation services
• Supplies for our offices and other sundries
We oppose Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in all its forms
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, which forms part of our broader commitment to conduct our business in an ethical and lawful manner. Our commitment to ethical practices is set out in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) available via the following link:
All our employees are required to act in accordance with the Code as a condition of their employment.
We have established a Risk Committee comprising senior members of Legal & Business Affairs, Finance and Operations. The remit of this committee includes compliance with modern slavery laws. Reporting into this Committee is a senior member of the Legal & Business Affairs team with specific responsibility for our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We have in place robust whistle-blower processes where staff who have concerns about any breach of our codes of conduct may report their concerns on an anonymous basis.
Our safeguarding team
We have an established safeguarding team that works across the whole of the club and Manchester United Foundation. Manchester United believes that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult at risk to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk, by a commitment to practice which protects them. The safeguarding team sits within the HR team and works within the Premier League Rules and national legislation. Specific safeguarding policies are in place for both children and adults at risk.
Across the club there are trained safeguarding officers representing different departments. The safeguarding officer provides a direct link for all staff to raise any concerns or issues they may arise, which are then referred to the safeguarding team. There is a robust referral process in place for any form of concern.
The safeguarding team works in partnership with statutory agencies across Greater Manchester, including Project Challenger, Greater Manchester Police Prevent and Local Area Designated Officers. From this joint working, staff who work directly with vulnerable groups have been provided with training covering child sexual exploitation, safeguarding, E-safety and Greater Manchester Police Prevent training. Over the last season over 500 staff from across the club have attended training sessions to increase the awareness of safeguarding and exploitation issues. The Safeguarding Team represent Manchester United at the Greater Manchester Slavery Business Network.
There is a commitment to joint safeguard working in partnership with other Premier League clubs' safeguarding teams, the Premier League and the FA. These partnerships provide further training and development opportunities for safeguarding staff. In addition to receiving support visits from The Premier League, they have commissioned Barnados to conduct Independent Safeguarding Audits of the club and Manchester United Foundation’s operations, which will begin to take place in season 2018 – 2019.
On matchdays, there is a designated matchday safeguarding team. This team includes social workers and youth workers who are able to respond to any concerns raised. The safeguarding team are deployed with the support of the Police if required to assess the concerns raised. During this season and last season the matchday operations team have been observed by local authority safeguarding staff, Project Challenger safeguarding staff and Safeguarding Leads from other Premier League clubs. This has provided insight and awareness for the statutory agencies which has increased their knowledge of the operational procedures on matchday along with the demographics of the fan base, in addition to sharing safeguarding best practice across the game.
Supplier due diligence processes
In furtherance of our commitment to taking a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, we take the following pro-active steps with respect to our supply chains:
1. We require all of our existing suppliers to make positive written affirmations that: (i) they do not; and (ii) their direct supply chain does not, endorse, enable or facilitate human trafficking or slavery within their business, and we have built this requirement into our new supplier process. All of our suppliers are informed of the fact that we as a business operate a zero tolerance to human trafficking and/or slavery. We expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values. Failure by an existing supplier to provide the positive affirmations described above will lead to an investigation and may result in that supplier’s contract being terminated. Failure by a potential new supplier to provide requested positive affirmations may disqualify them from becoming a supplier to us.
2. Our standard terms and conditions for suppliers include an express obligation that they comply with applicable anti-slavery and anti-human trafficking legislation.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2018.
Signed on the Board’s behalf for and on behalf of Manchester United Football Club Limited and its Group companies as defined above.
Group Managing Director
19 October 2018