The people who work together each year to make the Festival happen are really important and Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd (GFEL) and Glastonbury Festivals Ltd (GFL) are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
It is vital that crew are treated fairly and with respect and that opportunities are provided to come and work at the Festival either by volunteering or working before, during or after the event.
GFEL is a private limited company responsible for staging Glastonbury Festival, the Glastonbury Extravaganza and Pilton Party.
GFL, also a private limited company, is responsible for the management of the festival site and infrastructure to enable GFEL to stage the Glastonbury Festival.
During the quieter months of the year, there are permanent staff working for both GFEL and GFL. The number of staff employed throughout the year changes considerably due to the annual Festival cycle.
Both GFEL and GFL are committed to ensuring employees and workers at the Festival have the right to work in the UK and are paid at least in line with National Living Wage/Minimum Wage as appropriate.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
As the crew grows in the run up to the Festival each year, many more people start to work on site. Lots of these employees and workers are engaged directly by the Festival. The Festival is then responsible for ensuring that these crew are paid at least the National Living Wage/Minimum Wage, have the right to work in the UK and are treated fairly and well.
Other labour providers form part of the supply chain as the crew expands. All key labour providers are issued with this Anti-Slavery Statement and GFEL/GFL are committed to working with them to uphold our values.
We perform an annual review of our major labour providers to ensure they are fulfilling their obligations with regards to employment practices.
Historically, where we have had concerns over the legitimacy of a supplier’s employment practices we have brought their services in-house and taken on workers directly to ensure best practice. A large proportion of the Festival’s crew are employees or workers engaged directly by GFEL to ensure we have control over employment practices.
The Festival liaises with HMRC to ensure that the companies we engage are legitimate and that we are performing appropriate due diligence checks.
The Festival is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the supply chain of labour or in any part of the organisation. There is a commitment to act ethically and with integrity in all the Festival’s business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking doesn’t take place anywhere in the supply chain.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have in place systems to;
– Check all employees and casual workers engaged by GFE and GFL have the right to work in the UK and are paid at least the National Living Wage/Minimum Wage as appropriate
– Engage workers directly, where possible, to maintain control of employment practices
– Issue this Anti-Slavery Statement to key labour providers to make them aware of our commitment to combating slavery and human trafficking
– Liaise with HMRC regarding the legitimacy of key labour providers
– Protect whistle blowers within the organisation
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We require all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values and ethics.
To ensure that all staff understand of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, this Anti-Slavery Statement is included in the Staff Handbook. Staff are given training on this policy as and if appropriate to their role.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Festival’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2020.
Dated 2nd April 2019
Director, Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd