The Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army is an international movement, operating in more than 125 countries whose aim is to continue the advancement of the Christian religion through evangelical outreach. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

As a result, The Salvation Army is very active in bringing practical assistance to those whose lives have been affected by the evil of modern slavery and as such is sensitive to the danger of inadvertently finding itself falling short of its own beliefs and standards in this regard as well as the standards set out in the UK Government's Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Salvation Army is, for administrative purposes, divided into autonomous Territories (generally by region or country). Each Territory is governed, through local registration(s), in accordance with the applicable local laws. However, The Salvation Army remains under the oversight, direction and control of the General of The Salvation Army1, as set out in greater detail in The Salvation Army Act 1980.

The Salvation Army International Trustee Company (‘SAITCO’)

SAITCO provides the following functions for The Salvation Army, in accordance with the general structure of The Salvation Army described above:

(i)    supporting the central functions of The Salvation Army, including the office of the General of The Salvation Army (‘Administrative Function’);

(ii)    providing financial assistance to autonomous, individual Salvation Army Territories across the globe in order to facilitate their local activities and projects in accordance with the aims of The Salvation Army, such as educational projects and international personnel training and development (‘Assistance to Local Territories’); and

(iii)    working in partnership with Territories to directly impact affected communities through fighting human trafficking, crisis relief, and improving access to quality primary health care services close to family units (‘Direct Action’).

In undertaking its work SAITCO operates under the direction of its board of directors (in accordance with the Companies Act 2006) and the General of The Salvation Army (in accordance with The Salvation Army Act 1980).

Assistance to Local Territories

SAITCO has communicated this statement to all Salvation Army Territories to make clear that it:

(i)    expects Territories to have in place appropriate protections against the evil of modern slavery. Indeed it is noted that other Salvation Army entities such as the Salvation Army Trustee Company (SATCO) in the United Kingdom has also taken a leading role in driving forward this agenda2;

(ii)    offers to provide training/further information in relation to the issue of modern slavery should that be requested by any Salvation Army Territory.

SAITCO will continue to work with local Territories to determine whether there are further areas of risk and potential further actions SAITCO might take in order to reduce and remove those risks.

Administrative Function and Direct Action

In relation to its own work SAITCO seeks to ensure it avoids and reduces the risk of inadvertently supporting modern slavery in any way through a variety of measures:

(i)    the appropriate personnel at SAITCO including its board of directors have reviewed the relevant guidance provided by the UK Government and other international organisations such as the United Nations3.

(ii)    ensuring it remains an equal opportunities employer, with a rigorous recruitment process. In compliance with the recruitment process, it seeks to avoid inadvertently engaging those who present as looking for work for themselves but who are in fact ‘controlled’ by a third person.

(iii)    in so far as SAITCO instructs its own material suppliers – relating, but not limited to, items such as provision of catering and cleaning services to maintain office accommodation – ensuring tendering is conducted according to a strict procurement protocol to provide clear standards and enable reputable purchasing.  

However, in the light of The Salvation Army’s prominent role in seeking to alleviate modern slavery and/or human trafficking SAITCO recognises the need to continually review and tighten its checks and controls in this regard. As a result, SAITCO:

(i)    is corresponding with all existing material suppliers (who had entered into contractual agreements prior to the date of this statement) noting that SAITCO expects such suppliers to act in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including a link to the government’s guidance;

(ii)    has drafted a revised clause for its standard purchase Terms and Conditions to address the issue of modern slavery. All material suppliers submitting tender responses for the provision of goods or services to International Headquarters will have to confirm their agreement and acceptance of the terms and conditions.

(iii)    is committed to conducting periodic procurement reviews to ensure SAITCO’s supply chains receive further scrutiny to identify any areas of particular risk.


Published by Commissioner Brian Peddle, Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army
For and on behalf of SAITCO (Director)

1 The General of The Salvation Army is a Corporation Sole
2 Click here to dowload SATCO's own statement of compliance as a Microsoft Word document
3 See pdf guides here and here