Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Introduction by the Managing Director

Slavery and human trafficking, in all its forms, are an abuse on individual freedom and human rights.  As a business we recognise that we all proactively tackle such abuses where we see them in our operations and across all of our supply chains.  We are proud of the steps we have taken, and that we continue to take, to protect against slavery and human trafficking in our business or in any part of our supply chains.

Our business

MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited will ultimately provide inter-urban and metro passenger services connecting London City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas in east and west of London.  When fully operational Crossrail will serve 40 stations, with a peak timetable frequency of 24 trains per hour and providing a fast, frequent service linking the east and west and relieving congestion on some of the busiest underground lines.

We entered into the Crossrail Concession Agreement with Rail for London (RfL), a subsidiary of Transport for London, in July 2014 to start running the operational railway referred to above from 31 May 2015.  The initial term of this Crossrail Concession Agreement is eight years, until 28 May 2023.

Our supply chains

Our principal supply chains involve the provision of services to support us in the delivery of the operational railway referred to above.  We also work with supply chains in the provision of our staff uniforms and the delivery of station upgrade and enhancement works.

Our sourcing approach

We are committed to ensuring that workers employed in our supply chains are treated fairly, humanely and equitably.   We require our suppliers to comply with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code to support our commitment to fair, humane and equitable treatment of workers employed in our supply chains.

Risk analysis and monitoring

We undertake an annual risk assessment, taking into consideration human rights issues and labour conditions, of all of the supply chains used in the fulfilment of the Crossrail Concession Agreement referred to above and/or in the fulfilment of our responsibilities generally.

These annual supply chain assessments include, if required, the carrying out of social audits and the development and monitoring of corrective action plans, with individual suppliers as required.

Awareness across the business

The direct management of our supply chains is undertaken by a small number of people in our business, however we recognise that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that working practices are in line with our company vision and objectives.

While we have not developed specific policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking, our existing policies are relevant to support our zero tolerance principle to slavery or human trafficking anywhere in our business or in any part of our supply chains.  These policies are:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Procurement Policy
  • Sourcing Procedure
  • Qualification and Supplier Management Procedure
  • Standards and Obligations for MTR Crossrail Suppliers
  • Whistle-blowing Policy
  • Safety Management System Procedures
  • Anti-Bribery, Corruption & Fraud Policy
  • Staff Handbook
  • Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

This statement constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending April 2018.

Steve Murphy

Managing Director, MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd

September 2018