Scottish Professional Football League
SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
The Scottish Professional Football League Limited (“Company”) falls within the scope of the Modern Slavery Action 2015 (“Act”).
The Company is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within both its business and supply chains.
The principal activity of the Company is to organise, manage and commercially exploit the premier football league competition in Scotland (the cinch Scottish Professional Football League) (“the League”) together with the Scottish League Cup (the Premier Sports 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 majority of the Company’s supply chains are service based with the point of delivery of service in Scotland. The Company is not involved in the manufacture or sale of goods.
For the year ended 31 May 2021, the Company had an average of 16 employees and a turnover of £36.8 million.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
The Company is committed to having systems to safeguard against modern slavery existing within its business and supply chains. The Company has robust employment contracts, employment-related policies and procedures, and recruitment procedures in place which are updated regularly. No form of modern slavery is or will be tolerated within the business.
The Company has a small number of suppliers which are well-established and reputable and its relationships with those suppliers are documented by contracts and service agreements. Those suppliers are overwhelming concerned in the supply of services to the Company in Scotland. The Company expects all its consultants, contractors, suppliers and other business partners to adopt the same high standards that it adheres to. The Company remains vigilant for any suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking across any aspect of its business notwithstanding the fact that the risk of such activity is considered to be low given the nature of the Company’s business and activities.
The Company’s employees, suppliers, consultants, and all others connected with the Company, are expected and encouraged to report to the officers of the Company any suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking that may be identified or encountered within or in connection with the Company and its business. The Company and its officers will fully investigate and where established take appropriate action to eliminate any such instances so reported.
This statement is the Company’s first statement in terms of the Act. The Company intends to consider appropriate training for its small team of staff and will continue to monitor relevant policies, procedures and contracts.
This statement, which has been approved by the Board of the Company, is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial years ending 31 May 2021.