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Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement 2016

Introduction

Foundation for Credit Counselling Wade House, Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG trades as StepChange Debt Charity and StepChange Debt Charity Scotland. A registered charity no.1016630 and SC046263 we are a limited company registered in England and Wales (company no: 2757055), authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

StepChange is the parent company of:

  • Consumer Credit Counselling Service (Equity Release) Limited trading as StepChange Financial Solutions (company no. 06741879);
  • Consumer Credit Counselling Service Voluntary Arrangements Limited trading as StepChange Voluntary Arrangements (company no. 05659160); and
  • Consumer Credit Counselling Service (Scotland) trading as StepChange Debt Charity Scotland which is currently going through members voluntary liquidation.

We recognise the importance of combating slavery and human trafficking and are committed to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in the Charity or our supply chains.

Organisational structure

As the leading debt advice charity in the UK, we are funded entirely by voluntary donations from creditors and others and grants from public bodies.  Governed by an independent Board of Trustees chaired by Sir Hector Sants, the Trustees are collectively responsible for delivering the long term success of the Charity with an Executive Board responsible for the day to day management.

We operate in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Our approach

We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our daily client and business dealings.  Risks are regularly reviewed by our Board of Trustees, the Audit & Risk Committee and the Executive Risk and Compliance Committee.  A number of internal policies are already embedded into the Charity and are regularly reviewed:

  • Whistleblowing policy – we encourage colleagues to report any concerns without the fear of retaliation.  Concerns can be raised with the Company Secretary, the Head of Compliance, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  
  • Employee code of conduct – this sets out the behaviours we expect from colleagues when representing the Charity during their daily activities.  As such we expect them to act with integrity and in an ethical manner.
  • Recruitment policy – all colleagues, and Trustees, are recruited through a selection process that is carried out fairly and consistently to take into account equal opportunities, best practice and the needs of the Charity.  Vigorous checks are completed to ensure colleagues are legally entitled to work in the UK and every colleague is issued with a contract.  All staff are paid in excess of the Minimum Wage, and the so called Living Wage.  No-one under the legal minimum age for admission to work is employed by the Charity.   No staff are employed as volunteers.

Due diligence processes

The Charity has few contracted service providers.  The most significant is Prime.  Other examples are Price Waterhouse Coopers, BDO Stoy Hayward and Limavady Community Development Initiative.  We do not believe that there are risk areas where there is a likely potential for slavery.   We will however ask these suppliers to inform us whether they meet the prescribed regulation and ensure that our Procurement staff are aware of the regulations and seek information that potential suppliers abide by the relevant regulations. 

Approval for this statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by the Board of Trustees on 6 December 2016.

Name: Sir Hector Sants (Chair of the Board)

Signature: 

Date:               20th December 2016

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“I wish to thank your staff for all the great help they gave me when I was in so much debt.
They were a pillar of support to me.” (Leslie, Essex)

Foundation for Credit Counselling Wade House, Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG trading as StepChange Debt Charity and StepChange Debt Charity Scotland. A registered charity no.1016630 and SC046263. It is a limited company registered in England and Wales (company no:2757055). Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

*This is the average rating of our service based on the StepChange reviews on Feefo by DMP and DRO clients three months into their solution.

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