Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited and its subsidiary undertakings (‘Ascot’) has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery within its operations and supply chain. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks within our business and in the wider supply chain. Ascot employees are encouraged to report concerns using the whistleblowing policy and management are expected to investigate and address these concerns.
Founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and located on Crown property, the administration of Ascot is handled on behalf of the Crown by a representative appointed by the Monarch. Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse and over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution, with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
The Ascot Authority was established in 1913 by an Act of Parliament which ensured that Ascot Heath would be kept and used as a racecourse for the public in the future. Today, as Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, Ascot has a formal board chaired by Her Majesty’s Representative. Ascot employs over 140 permanent staff at the racecourse and up to five thousand temporary workers during racing throughout the year, employed either directly or indirectly by our partners and suppliers, with a peak during Royal Ascot each June.
Sustainable and ethical principles are extremely important to Ascot, and this is reflected across the business. Ascot’s products and services are primarily sourced via UK providers. Ascot’s ethos is shared with its key providers, including its catering partner which has issued its own Human Rights & Modern Slavery Report.
Policies and controls
Ascot operates under a system of internal policies and controls which give guidance and support to employees and suppliers to ensure appropriate conduct. The structure of Ascot allows direct implementation of policies and controls and ensure appropriate training and monitoring of compliance.
We intend to advise all our contractors of our commitment to the principals of The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and expect them to do the same. Any breach of the Act with any supply agreement can be expected to result in immediate termination.
By complying with the following criteria Ascot will encourage all suppliers to meet the highest of standards:
• Employment is freely chosen
• No discrimination
• No harsh or inhumane treatment
• Right to collective bargaining and freedom of association
• Safe and hygienic working conditions
• Working hours are not excessive
• Zero-tolerance of child labour
In order to ensure the freedom of choice of employment workers must not pay deposits for work and employers must not keep originals of identity documents.
Assessment of effectiveness in preventing Modern Slavery
The Modern Slavery risk is not static and therefore the mitigation of the risk will be continually reassessed. Additionally, the effectiveness of Ascot’s policy will be reassessed regularly and updated or amended if required.
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.