Elimination of modern slavery and human trafficking

RNLI statement on our efforts to support the elimination of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The RNLI does not accept modern slavery in our operations or supply chain, and will work with suppliers to ensure compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. We have a mix of full-time staff based at our support and training centre in Poole, Dorset, and around the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as a large number of volunteers who are key to delivering our service. 

We are structured in relation to the service we deliver and have Community Lifesaving, International, and Engineering and Asset Management functions, alongside support elements such as Corporate Strategy, Operational Policy, Business Services and Transformational Support. 

We are also working to improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of our supply chain and have a Supply Chain Director dedicated to this initiative.

We have a varied supply chain and broad supplier base that includes materials to support the construction of high-tech lifeboats at our lifeboat centres in Poole and in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and the provision of lifesaving equipment to our beaches and lifeboat stations around the coast. 

We also run a number of shops selling RNLI merchandise and produce fundraising and education materials, used by various teams throughout the UK and Ireland. We have a training centre with accommodation and catering at our Headquarters in Poole alongside traditional office functions, warehousing and logistics. 

We have a clear set of values that underpin the strong ethical position that is expected by our supporters, volunteers and staff. This ethos is carried through into our policies.

We have a developing Compliance Management Framework, which takes into account our corporate ethical position and we are building this into our governance approach. This will support continual improvement of our policies, procedures and assurance mechanisms.

Additionally, we are committed to working with our partners and suppliers to ensure that human trafficking and slavery are not taking place within our organisation or supply chain. As part of this approach we are in the process of developing our next-generation procurement and supply strategy.