Voluntary slavery and human trafficking statement

March 11, 2024

Hoxton Hall is committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within any part of our business or in any part of our supply chain. This statement outlines the steps that we have taken during the financial year ending 31st March 2024 to ensure compliance.

About Us

Hoxton Hall is a creative hub where people feel empowered to pursue their artistic endeavours.

Hoxton Hall is a registered charity. It is led by a group of 11 trustees who support a Chief Executive and team to deliver our vision and mission.

We celebrate the rich diversity of East London by connecting and collaborating with our communities, bringing them together with artists in a joyful, equitable space where talent is nurtured. Together, we build creative stairways for everyone to achieve their own potential.

We deliver a live programme of comedy, music, circus, cabaret and theatre to over 16,000 people annually. Our youth and community work reaches over 3,000 local residents per year, and we support creative industries through our studio and office spaces.

Our supply chains are:

· Providers of food and beverage to our venues,

· Outsourced IT and technology providers,

· Facility management providers (cleaning and maintenance),

· Building contractors and other business support services,

· Freelance facilitators and performers.

Our commitment to ethical trading

Hoxton Hall’s policy is that we committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, in any part of our business or within our community work. We strive to operate our business in a responsible and ethical way.

Hoxton Hall seeks to promote human rights, equal opportunities and fair treatment.

Our operating policies reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to preserve, protect and promote human rights.

Hoxton Hall expects suppliers to accept responsibility for labor and environmental conditions under which products are made and services are provided and to make written statement of intent regarding the company’s policy.

Due diligence and risk assessment

We aim to be vigilant when making decisions regarding suppliers by seeking confirmation and commitment to anti modern slavery practice. We will be prepared to withdraw or decline a contract should a potential or current supplier not be able give required confirmation or commitment.

Most of our suppliers come from local or trusted sources. The parts of our business supply chains where there is risk of modern slavery are where we require supplies that may have to sent from outside the UK. This risk arises particularly in relation to music, sound and technical equipment. We manage this risk by:

· Using trusted and regular sources that have long term relationships with the creative industries and are known.

· Seeking recommendation by others in the sector.

· Researching a company’s policy/statement on Modern Slavery.

· When needed asking a company for their statement and practice.

Our workplace policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

Further guidance on modern slavery is currently found within our Child Protection, Adult Safeguarding and Ethical Fundraising Policies. These documents and this statement are made available to all staff and included within an induction for new starters. With the last year we have had safeguarding training as a team which also covered modern slavery and the importance of our whistleblowing policy.

We are confident that our direct and agency recruitment does not give rise to a risk of modern slavery because of recruitment procedures and equal opportunities policy which ensures equal opportunities application and interview process, background checks and when relevant working with trusteed sources with experience of recruiting in our sector.

We operate a comprehensive public disclosure (whistleblowing) policy and actively encourage staff to report concerns regarding unlawful or improper conduct, whether within our workplaces or with regard to third parties that we deal with in the course of our business. To date, we are unaware of any human trafficking or slavery activities within our supply chain.

Effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking

We find the above methods are proving effective and our success in managing this is measured by:

· Keeping a database of trusted suppliers and recording suppliers’ statements.

· Recording any safeguarding incidents within our work relating to modern slavery.

· Monitoring through regular meetings between Chief Executive and relevant team members.

Further Steps

Over the next year we aim to:

· Increase awareness of modern slavery across the whole of Hoxton Hall.

· Develop further our due diligence processes with new suppliers.

· Update and review our statement and develop a more comprehensive policy.

This voluntary slavery and human trafficking statement is made for the financial year ending 31st March 2024. It was approved by the board on Friday March 1st .

S.Cox CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Hoxton Hall

Date: 4/3/24

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