• The CAA remains committed to ensuring best practice in its own business activities and has similar expectations of companies in its supply chains.  The CAA therefore acknowledges its responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The CAA will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.

    As a public body the CAA adheres to the 2014 EU Procurement Directives, as implemented by the UK in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Directives and the regulations govern how we buy goods, services and works and enshrine fundamental principles of transparency, equal treatment and non-discrimination in all public sector procurements irrespective of value.  In that overall context, the CAA is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its business.

    During the course of this reporting year we have:

    • Taken follow up action based on the risk assessment that we carried out in 2016/17.  We identified suppliers whose areas of business are most at risk of modern slavery practices and asked them to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. These suppliers currently provide the following services to CAA:
       
      • IT providers for applications support and desktop maintenance;
      • IT recycler;
      • building maintenance;
      • security;
      • office cleaning;
      • mail room services;
      • furniture provider and installer;
      • pest control;
      • landscaping;
      • stationery;
      • catering.
      CAA received a full response from the targeted supplier group.  Having analysed each of the submissions we received we concluded that there is a low risk of any modern slavery practices present within our current supply chain. Conscious that a low risk is not the same as no risk we will continue to monitor our ‘at risk’ supply chain to ensure that these risks are minimised.

    • Enhanced our procurement practices.  Where appropriate, we will incorporate the appropriate due diligence of Modern Slavery Act provisions during the sourcing phase.  To compliment this, all CAA’s tender and contractual templates are now fully updated to incorporate provisions relating to suppliers’ compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  
    • Adopted a revised Procurement Policy (in February 2018).  Our new policy incorporates Modern Slavery Act provisions, which will drive greater consistency in our procurement practice, thereby enhancing our ability to monitor our suppliers’ compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and meet our own obligations under that Act.  
    • Decided to undertake an annual review of our supply chain.  Given the low degree of risk of modern slavery practices with our current suppliers, CAA will be undertaking an annual review of its supply chain to identify any new risks.

    The CAA’s Chief Operating Officer is responsible for implementing the CAA’s policy on modern slavery and, in concert with the CAA’s Executive Committee, will provide adequate resources, training and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the organisation or within its supply chain.

    This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the CAA and its subsidiaries’ slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.