Scottish Professional Football League

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction

The Scottish Professional Football League Limited (the “Company”, “we”, “our”) is committed to conducting its business in a morally principled manner.  The Company is aware, however, that modern slavery can be found in all sectors and therefore the Company needs to be cognisant of this.

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies with a turnover over £36m to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.

The Company takes a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, both across the Company’s group of companies and within our supply chains. This statement sets out the steps that we have taken to minimise, as far as possible, the risk of modern slavery taking place, as well as the steps which we propose to take to further mitigate against such risks.

What is Modern Slavery?

In this statement, where we say “modern slavery” we are referring to the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain, and it can include sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation, human trafficking and organ harvesting.

Organisational Structure

The principal activity of the Company is to organise, manage and commercially exploit the premier men’s football league competition in Scotland (the cinch Scottish Professional Football League) (“the League”) together with the Scottish League Cup (the SPFL Viaplay Cup) and the Scottish Challenge Cup (the SPFL Trust Trophy).

The Company is structured as a private limited company and is wholly owned by the owners of the 42 member clubs which comprise the League at any one time (“Clubs”).  The owner and operator of each Club holds one share in the Company. Each Club is independent, working within the articles of association of the Company and the Rules and Regulations of the League, as well as the rules of The Scottish Football Association, UEFA and FIFA, and being subject to Scottish law. The Company’s only offices, from which it’s various competitions are operated and all of its employees are usually based, are in Glasgow.

The Company derives its revenues predominantly from its broadcasting and sponsorship agreements with various commercial partners.

The Company is also the parent company of the wholly owned subsidiary, The Scottish Women’s Premier League Limited (the “SWPL”) whose principal activity is to organise, manage and commercially exploit the premier women’s football league competitions in Scotland (the SWPL1 and SWPL2), together with the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup (the Sky Sports Cup). 

The Company is also the parent company to a number of non-trading subsidiaries.

Together the Company, the SWPL and the non-trading subsidiaries shall be referred to as the “Group”.

For the year ended 31 May 2023, the Group had an average of 19 employees and a turnover of £42.6 million.

Our Supply Chains

The majority of the Group’s supply chains are service based with the point of delivery of service in Scotland. The Company does not directly manufacture or sell goods.

In addition to our supply chain, we also have a number of commercial partnerships with a range of organisations, predominantly based in the UK.

We are committed to taking steps to ensure that modern slavery does not exist across the Company’s operations or supply chains. This statement sets out the Company’s commitment to addressing the risk of modern slavery.

Our Processes on Modern Slavery

We are committed to ensuring, as far as possible, that there is no modern slavery in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to reduce the risk of modern slavery taking place in our supply chains.

We seek to partner with suppliers that share our values. We expect our supply chain to operate fair and equitable practices, where modern slavery is not tolerated.

There are no current issues of non-compliance with modern slavery laws from ourselves or our supply chain that we have been made aware of.

Should any potential non-compliance be reported to us, we will work to remedy any areas in which we or our suppliers do not meet the appropriate standards that we expect to work to. In the event of any external party not meeting those standards, this may include ultimately ceasing to trade with partners who do not continue to meet our requirements or who breach relevant legislation.

The Company also has a whistleblowing policy, which details the procedures for how to report a matter to the Company.  This is promoted internally as a key part of the Staff Handbook.

Due Diligence Processes and Risk Assessment for Modern Slavery

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate this risk we include provisions within our commercial contracts to ensure the parties we work with understand our commitment to, and comply with the terms of, the modern slavery legislation.

We also speak to companies in our supply chains regularly about their processes and how they source labour and materials as well as asking them to see their anti-modern slavery commitments.

Future Actions

We continue to review our suppliers and their practices to mitigate the risk of modern slavery within our business and supply chains. 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Scottish Professional Football League Limited Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial reporting period ending 31st May 2023. This statement received Board approval on 4th October 2023.

Upcoming Fixtures

Thursday 23rd May 2024

20:00
Raith Rovers v Ross County

Sunday 26th May 2024

12:00
Ross County v Raith Rovers

League Tables

Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Celtic 38 65 93
2 Rangers 38 55 85
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 68
4 Kilmarnock 38 2 56
5 St. Mirren 38 -6 47
6 Dundee 38 -19 42
7 Aberdeen 38 -4 48
8 Hibernian 38 -7 46
9 Motherwell 38 -3 43
10 St. Johnstone 38 -25 35
11 Ross County 38 -29 35
12 Livingston 38 -41 25

Updated at 19/05/2024 at 23:35

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Dundee United 36 50 75
2 Raith Rovers 36 16 69
3 Partick Thistle 36 9 55
4 Airdrieonians 36 0 52
5 Greenock Morton 36 -3 45
6 Dunfermline Athletic 36 -5 45
7 Ayr United 36 -8 44
8 Queen's Park 36 -6 43
9 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 36 1 42
10 Arbroath 36 -54 23

Updated at 06/05/2024 at 16:15

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Falkirk 36 68 90
2 Hamilton Academical 36 45 74
3 Alloa Athletic 36 5 56
4 Montrose 36 1 53
5 Cove Rangers 36 -5 49
6 Kelty Hearts 36 -15 44
7 Queen of the South 36 -7 41
8 Annan Athletic 36 -13 39
9 Stirling Albion 36 -19 39
10 Edinburgh City 36 -60 8

Updated at 14/05/2024 at 09:16

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Pos Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Stenhousemuir 36 19 68
2 Peterhead 36 19 60
3 The Spartans 36 10 58
4 Dumbarton 36 12 57
5 East Fife 36 -1 44
6 Forfar Athletic 36 -7 42
7 Elgin City 36 -24 40
8 Bonnyrigg Rose 36 -1 39
9 Clyde 36 -12 38
10 Stranraer 36 -15 36

Updated at 08/05/2024 at 15:23

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