The RHS takes the prevention of Modern Slavery seriously and is working towards establishing a zero-tolerance position on Modern Slavery and human trafficking within its supply chain.

This statement covers the activities of the RHS and its group subsidiaries for the financial year ended 31 January 2018.

RHS Structure and Activities

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is a charity registered in England and Wales and Scotland with numbers 222879/ SCO38262. The objects of the RHS are the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches and its aim is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
The RHS carries out trading through its wholly owned subsidiaries; RHS Enterprises Limited (a private limited company registered in England and Wales with number 01211648) and RHS Special Events Limited (a private limited company registered in England and Wales with number 03119017). Both subsidiaries gift aid all profits to the RHS for the delivery of its charitable objects.

Policies and Processes

The RHS is committed to acting properly in all activities and has a number of policies and processes in place which will form the basis of further work to seek to reduce the risk of modern slavery in the Society’s supply chains:

  • Risk Management: Ensuring that all activities comply with relevant laws, regulations and good governance practices. The risk register is regularly reviewed by the Leadership Team and the Trustees and we are introducing training for all employees
  • Procurement and contracting: Ensuring that due diligence is carried out when selecting suppliers
  • People Services: The RHS only operates within the UK and we ensure that all of our workers are eligible to work in the UK. The majority of our workers are employed directly, where on occasions we utilise agency workers, we ensure the same checks are undertaken by the agency. We ensure we pay all workers within the National Minimum Wage. We have clear policies on grievance and whistleblowing together with an employee consultative group called RHS Voices, through which employees can raise matters of concern
  • Ethical Investment Policy: Ensuring investments are consistent with the Society’s charitable objectives and regularly reviewed by the Investments Committee

Supply chain relationships

Our key suppliers are businesses which supply goods or services to our offices, Gardens, Shows and retail outlets, such as catering and cleaning contractors, security providers, stewards, wholesale plant suppliers and growers and producers of licensed products. The RHS ensures that written contracts are in place with all suppliers and is working to ensure that such contracts support our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.  We are doing this by re-launching our ethical procurement policy and asking our suppliers to confirm that they are able to comply with it.
During the year, the Society has been considering its processes to do everything we can to reduce the risk of Modern Slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and will focus on other potential areas of risk in the coming year. The RHS is committed to ensuring that respect for human rights is reflected across the Society.

This Statement has been made under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by the RHS Council.

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