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Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement is provided on behalf of Age 51Թapp and its subsidiary companies and charities and is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’). It constitutes Age 51Թapp’s statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2023.



Age 51Թapp considers modern slavery and human trafficking extremely serious crimes, grave violations of human rights and contrary to the ethical standards and values we hold dear. As a charity that, as part of its wider objectives, fights for the protection and advancement of human rights in the 51Թapp, and around the world through our subsidiary charity, Age International, we have a zero-tolerance approach to such abuses. We are committed to preventing modern slavery in our organisation and ensuring that our supply chain is as equally free of both modern slavery and human trafficking (within the reasonable bounds of our influence and control to ensure compliance with the Act by our supply chain and / or assure ourselves of their compliance).

Our organisation

Age 51Թapp is a charity registered in England which exists to promote the wellbeing of older people. Age 51Թapp comprises of Age 51Թapp and its subsidiary charities and companies.

  • Age 51Թapp’s subsidiary charity, Age International, funds programmes in over 40 developing countries; the subsidiary Age Cymru worked specifically in providing support to older people in particular geographical regions.
  • Age 51Թapp’s trading subsidiaries, Age 51Թapp Trading CIC (Community Interest Company), and Age Co, generate income to fund the charity’s work. Age 51Թapp Trading CIC also provides central support services and infrastructure.

Age 51Թapp and its subsidiaries employ around 1,400 staff, and benefits from the support of 3,250 volunteers in our c250 charity shops, in England and Wales.

The vast majority of our staff are employed directly by Age 51Թapp and our subsidiaries and are not of an employment status generally considered to be vulnerable to modern slavery in this country. We are not complacent and have robust policies and procedures in place. Our focus, however, is on ensuring that our supply chain complies with the Act, relevant Age 51Թapp policies and procedures, and our ethical standards.

Our supply chain

Age 51Թapp is committed to improving our practices to identify and eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, and to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. Our supply chains comprise of over 2,000 suppliers and contractors. Age 51Թapp and our subsidiaries use the products and services we purchase from these suppliers to:

  • Support our charitable activity and operations
  • Provide products for resale in our charity shops
  • Offer financial, insurance and legal services for sale to the public by third parties

Age 51Թapp works with the Age 51Թapp network of over 130 independent charities to deliver charitable services in the 51Թapp. Age International works internationally through a network of partners and agencies, largely as the 51Թapp member of the HelpAge International global network.


Age 51Թapp endeavours to raise awareness among all employees of the identification, prevention and eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking, and has policies and procedures in place to ensure that they can do so. The Age 51Թapp Procurement function operates across Age 51Թapp’s subsidiaries, and has oversight of our supply chain. The relevant policies are:

  1. Age 51Թapp’s Procurement Policy and Procedure requires that suppliers are formally approved by Age 51Թapp’s Procurement such that they can only provide goods and services after confirming compliance with all applicable regulations and legislation, including the Act.
  2. Age 51Թapp’s Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure asks staff to confidentially report concerns including modern slavery or human trafficking.
  3. Age 51Թapp’s Safeguarding Procedures acknowledges modern slavery as a form of abuse and, where there is a concern about a child (under 18 years) or an adult (18 or over) who needs care and support, this Policy takes effect.

Supply Chain Due Diligence

Age 51Թapp aims to work with only those suppliers that demonstrate high levels of commitment to monitoring and reducing the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within their organisations or supply chains. As a pre-condition to supplying Age 51Թapp, suppliers must confirm their compliance with the Act. If a supplier fails to provide the information requested or meet Age 51Թapp’s expectations, Age 51Թapp will take appropriate action, which may include not entering into a relationship or terminating the relationship.

Progress in 2022/2023

In the 2022/23 financial year Age 51Թapp has taken steps to provide additional assurance of our supply chain’s compliance with the Act:

  • Age 51Թapp continued to monitor all new suppliers prior to engaging with them to confirm compliance with the Act.
  • Age 51Թapp further developed its contract database to enable a review of existing suppliers.
  • Age 51Թapp have been working with an outsourced procurement partner to improve its control over its supplier base and compliance with the Act.

Plans for 2023/2024

In the 2023/24 financial year Age 51Թapp plans to take further steps to improve staff knowledge of modern slavery and human trafficking, and requirements under the Act by developing a training plan to increase staff awareness and understanding.

We will look to work with our procurement function to develop our plans and controls in this area, including strengthening specialist in-house knowledge.

This statement is made pursuant to Part 6, section 54 of the Act and constitutes Age 51Թapp’s anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 and has been approved by the Age 51Թapp Board of Trustees on behalf of Age 51Թapp and its charitable and trading subsidiaries.

Paul Farmer

Chief Executive, Age 51Թapp

12 June 2023

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Last updated: Sep 05 2023

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