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Shakespeare Pharma Ltd (SPL) – Modern Slavery Statement

This statement sets out Shakespeare Pharma Ltd.’s actions to understand all potential risks within its business related to modern slavery and to put in place steps aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. 

Shakespeare Pharma Ltd is aware that slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms, such as forced labour, child labour, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and workplace abuse. Therefore, throughout this statement, we, Shakespeare pharma Ltd use the terms ‘slavery and human trafficking’ to encompass all these various forms of coerced labour. As outlined in greater detail below, we have taken certain steps during the financial year, to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or other parts of our business. To this end, we have established an integrated approach to managing human rights across our business, including risks related to slavery and trafficking.

About Us

Shakespeare Pharma Limited is a supplier of pharmaceutical goods and related services to the UK and International markets that puts patients safety at the forefront of everything that we do.  We operate from a fully licensed, Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant and temperature controlled warehouse located in the East Midlands, UK. The company has its head office in the UK and has been trading since 2011, supplying pharmaceutical goods to clients located in Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Our Policies

Shakespeare is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in existence in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery policy reflects our commitment towards acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Our Recruitment Policy ensures that Shakespeare will conduct appropriate checks on all employees to guarantee that they can legally work in the United Kingdom.

Our Whistleblowing Policy encourages all Shakespeare employees to report confidentially any concerns related to the activity of the Company.

Our Ethics and Code of Conduct Policy explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.

Our Employee Induction Programme includes reference to our Modern Slavery Statement and whom the employee can speak to if they have a concern.

Our Senior Leadership Team will review our Modern Slavery Statement annually to ensure its effectiveness.

Our Supply Chain

Our supply chains include the sourcing of pharmaceutical products from suppliers based in the United Kingdom and European Economic Area for the provision of supplying pharmaceutical products to the UK and International Markets.

Shakespeare maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct thorough due diligence on all new suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred/qualifiedsupplier, and pharmaceutical suppliers are re-qualified every 12 months. Our anti-slavery commitments form part of our contract with all new suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts these commitments.

We are working with our existing suppliers to ensure that modern slavery is not present in the supply chain and we have asked them to confirm to us that:

  • Modern slavery is not present in their company
  • Safe and fair working conditions are provided
  • The risks within their own supply chain are understood
  • Zero tolerance, responsible management and compliance with all legal requirements is reflected within their policies, procedures, practices and within contracts with their suppliers.

Our performance indicators

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, the public, clients, suppliers or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

If you wish to contact us regarding this Modern Slavery Statement or any other matter please use:

Shakespeare Pharma Limited
Until 1B Harrison Court
Hilton Business Park
DE65 5UR

Tel: 01283 730926


This Modern Slavery Statement has been approved by the Senior Leadership team on 31st January 2021 and will be reviewed on or before 31st December 2021.