Modern Slavery Statement

31st December 2021

ABOUT US

The Hippodrome Casino is the UK’s largest international-style casino, and its busiest. With five floors of gaming including the PokerStars LIVE deck, an award-winning restaurant, 325-seat cabaret and music room, seven bars and three floors of sheltered outside space. We are the West End’s largest and most successful entertainment venue.

Housed within the former Hippodrome Theatre, our main door opens onto one of the busiest streets in Europe, with a secondary entrance leading to the world’s largest ‘Chinatown’ community.

Opened in July 2012, The Hippodrome attracts both dedicated and casual gamers plus thousands of visitors seeking ‘London’s Biggest Night Out’, here to enjoy a mixture of dinner, theatre and gambling.

The opening of The Hippodrome has drawn plaudits from local and national politicians, heritage groups, historical trusts and the world media. We have been awarded Casino of the year and Steak House of the year by our peers in the industry.

We are fully supportive of the principles of the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our practices to better understand the risks and to combat all forms of slavery and human trafficking.

OUR POLICIES

We have a zero-tolerance approach to trafficking and slavery. This statement reflects our commitment as a business to act in an ethical manner.

We also expect our business partners, including contractors and suppliers, to share our values in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. Our procurement team are undertaking training in this area to better identify and mitigate risks, and to ensure that our supply chain complies with all regulations, laws and codes relating to human trafficking.

SUPPLY CHAIN RISK ASSESSMENT

We have risk assessed our business and supply line. We consider our business to be low risk in terms of modern slavery and human trafficking.

We have previously identified outsourced staff as an area of increased risk. The effects of the pandemic continues to heighten the risk of exploitation as opportunities for employment have reduced.

We have also identified an increased risk around food and beverage raw materials sourced abroad by our predominantly UK suppliers.

We remain committed to only work with suppliers who comply with the MSA and share our corporate values on modern slavery. As contracts renew, we will include contractual provisions to ensure compliance. Further due diligence and audit will be considered on a case by case basis depending on our risk assessment.

Organisations which fail to meet our standards will jeopardise their ability to continue to trade with the Hippodrome.

WITHIN THE COMPANY RISK ASSESSMENT

We employ approximately 600 staff and approximately 50 outsourced staff all of whom are based in the UK. We are committed to ensuring a safe working environment which is free from modern slavery and trafficking. We check that all employees have the right to work in the UK and ensure that we pay the national living wage.

We have specific policies in place which support our objectives. These include Dignity at Work, Harassment and Bullying, Recruitment and Whistle Blowing, all of which are available on the Hippodrome App, which all employees have access to. We encourage all staff to report any activity which they believe may be unlawful or in breach of the Hippodrome’s policies.

We expect outsourced staff to adhere to the same standards as employees and as contracts renew, we will include contractual provisions to ensure compliance. Further due diligence and audit will be considered on a case by case basis depending on our risk assessment.

TRAINING FOR STAFF

Ultimate responsibility for MSA compliance sits with the Board of Directors. The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) oversees and Procurement function and The Chief Business Officer (CBO) overseas the HR function. The CFO signs off the MSA Statement on behalf of the Board of Directors. The Heads of Procurement and Human Resources are aware of and understand their MSA responsibilities. Training has been undertaken across relevant departments to ensure a high-level understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.

MEASURING EFFECTIVENESS

The Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for the implementation of the Hippodrome’s policies, including those that relate to ethical trading and employee welfare.

Due to the overall low risk assessment we have not yet established any MSA Key Performance Indicators, however this remains under review.

APPROVAL

The Hippodrome is making this statement pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This MSA Statement has been considered and approved by the Hippodrome’s Board of Directors.

J Edwins
CFO and COO

December 2021

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