Our business and supply chain
Spire Healthcare is a leading independent provider of private healthcare with 39 hospitals, 12 clinics and two Specialist Care Centres in the United Kingdom. We deliver high standards of care to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients with integrity and compassion within high-quality facilities.
We buy a vast range of goods and services, from surgical equipment to corporate clothing and waste disposal services. Some of these products and services are used in the provision of healthcare to our customers (like hip joints) and others in our own business (like office supplies). Thousands of suppliers sell to us, and many of them will have their own suppliers and supply chains, which makes our supply chain complex. We therefore prioritise attention on companies that supply the largest volume of products or services, or supplies that are critical without which our business couldn’t function.
Outlined below is our position on slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain. We review our approach on a regular basis and seek to improve continually through ongoing risk assessment, supplier engagement, raising awareness of issues and requirements, and by delivering training to our key staff.
Our stance on modern slavery
Spire Healthcare is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and to implementing and enforcing systems and controls to prevent modern slavery in our own business and our supply chains. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our approach to tackling modern slavery in our own business and supply chains.
We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. Our suppliers are required to comply with the law as well as our policies and codes to combat the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children. We expect our suppliers in turn to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
How we check compliance with our standards
The Company has commenced a high level assessment of our existing supplier base to identify any high risk areas. We are reviewing suppliers’ compliance statements, with priority being given to larger suppliers, and following-up with them where there is insufficient or unsatisfactory evidence of compliance. All new suppliers will need to confirm, explicitly, that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act and meet our minimum standards
Where a supplier does not satisfy us as to their position on modern slavery, the Company will, as a first step, endeavour to work with the supplier to help them improve their practices in this area. If there is an unwillingness from the supplier to engage with the Company will review the use of the supplier going forward.
Our Code of Conduct sets out how we expect our employees to behave; this includes in respect to each other, and is underpinned by our values to act fairly.
All supplier-facing staff receive training to raise awareness on the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and are required to support the continued risk assessment and roll-out of our due diligence processes.
We are committed to dealing with concerns about the Company in an open and honest manner, empowering and protecting those who raise concerns; employees can report any concerns via our confidential Whistleblowing helpline.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Spire Healthcare Group plc
26 May 2017