The Welsh Rugby Union Limited
Modern Slavery Statement
The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (the “WRU”) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in Wales. Our purpose and principal activity is to promote rugby and encourage more people to engage with the game, more often, with more enjoyment and more success.
The WRU majority owns Millennium Stadium plc, WRU National Centre of Excellence Limited and WRU Supporters Club Limited. The WRU also owns 83.5% of Millennium Stadium Experience Limited.
Our work is underpinned by our strong values of Courage, Family, Humour, Integrity, Excellence and Success and our commitment to equality. According to the International Labour Organisation, there are some 21 million people worldwide subjected to forced labour. We do not tolerate forced labour either within our business itself or within our supply chain. We expect our supply chain (whether direct suppliers or those that directly or indirectly supply our direct suppliers) to share the same values.
We are reviewing our business and our supply chain to fully understand the risks that we face in this regard.
Our supply chain is diverse. At the present time, we are focussing our attention on those elements which incorporate clothing and rugby ball manufacturers, catering providers and cleaning services providers, as these form a large part of our supply chain activity. However, we remain vigilant for any suspected instance of forced labour across all aspects of our business.
We are taking the following steps to assess and manage any risk that our supply chain may use forced labour:
- we expect our suppliers to comply with their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to place similar expectations on their respective suppliers;
- when entering into arrangements with suppliers, we will ask our suppliers to complete a self-assessment questionnaire which allows us to assess their business, so that we are alert for any indicators of forced labour;
- we are incorporating relevant contractual obligations into our supplier contracts, such that our suppliers will:
– undertake to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
– warrant that their business and, to the best of their knowledge, their own supply chain do not use forced labour;
– agree to permit us and third parties acting for us to inspect their facilities, records and practices to audit their business for the purposes of ensuring that they comply with these obligations and that there is no use of forced labour; and
– impose equivalent obligations on their own suppliers;
- we will review statements published by our suppliers on the use of forced labour (as they become available) to ensure that they in turn are taking what appears to us to be appropriate steps; and
- we are considering implementing a Code of Conduct regarding the use of forced labour which would codify the obligations and expectations that we have in relation to our suppliers, our employees and our business.
We have prepared this statement for the purposes of section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and it constitutes the WRU’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2015-2016. References in the statement to “forced labour” mean any conduct which is an offence under Part I of that Act including slavery, servitude, any type of forced or compulsory labour and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 13 December 2016.
Chairman of the Board of Directors