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Modern Slavery Statement


Diabetes UK is committed to continuously improving our processes to combat slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain. 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2017. It covers Diabetes UK activities and those of our wholly-owned subsidiary: Diabetes Services Ltd. 

Our organisation 

Diabetes UK continues to be a leading force in raising awareness of and tackling the growing diabetes crisis. We rely on the generosity of the public to fund our activities through donations, buying goods online and taking part in a wide range of fundraising events. 

We have around 400 staff and around 7,000 volunteers all of whom are based in the UK. Our staff are largely directly employed and are not in any category which is generally seen to be vulnerable to modern slavery in this country, so our focus is to ensure there are policies and procedures in place for our contractors and suppliers. 

Our business and supply chain 

Diabetes UK uses a wide range of suppliers who support our operations, provide services at events and supply goods for sale. We have reviewed our business operations and relationships to identify the sectors that are high risk and are implementing proportionate control procedures across our portfolio of activity. 

Looking ahead 

•    We will ensure we review the risk profile on an annual basis. 

Due diligence 

Diabetes UK is in the process of undertaking additional due diligence on existing suppliers in high-risk areas and developing additional procedures for assessing and auditing suppliers as part of our procurement process, to ensure we only select suppliers who comply with our high standards and policies. 

Looking ahead 

  • We will complete the existing due diligence review on existing suppliers.
  • We will require suppliers to comply with our revised procurement process. Should a supplier fail or refuse to provide the information required, as part of the ongoing due diligence review or future procurement, this may result in Diabetes UK not initiating a relationship with them or terminating any current relationship. 


Diabetes UK has the following policies which are being updated with the aim of minimising the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain: 

  • Procurement, and 
  • Whistleblowing Policy 

Looking ahead 

  • Our policies will be reviewed and updated when legislation/regulation is updated, or 
  • At least every three years. 


Initial guidance has been provided to the Executive team to facilitate the identification of risk areas and training has been undertaken by those responsible for setting out the guidelines and policy relating to procurement. 

Looking ahead 

  • It is our intention that training in this area will be provided to all budget holders and individuals who have direct responsibility for supplier management. 
  • We will provide a guidance note on our internal communications platform. 


This statement has been approved by the Trustees of Diabetes UK and the Directors of Diabetes UK Services Limited and is signed by Chris Askew, Chief Executive.

Chris Askew, our chief executive
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