Modern Slavery Statement FY2018/19

Our structure

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) is one of the United Kingdom’s major charitable funders of initiatives to encourage people to take part in physical activity. The Trust aims to provide funding to enable people to become and remain physically active, and to challenge inequality of access to physical activity.

We were established in 1981 alongside our trading company, London Marathon Events Ltd (LME). The Trust and LME have a shared vision of “Inspiring Activity”. Both organisations were created with complementary aims:

  • London Marathon Charitable Trust provides funding to enable all people to become and remain physically active
  • London Marathon Events Ltd works to grow and improve the mass-participation sporting events it organises and increase the amounts raised by participants for charities

Across the two organisations (together the ‘LMCT Group’) we work in complementary ways to deliver the greatest possible impact in terms of our shared vision and values. The surplus from the London Marathon and other events organised by LME is corporate gift aided to The Trust and we use these funds to award grants to projects which are in-line with our core mission of promoting physical activity for all.

The Trust is the parent company and the sole shareholder of LME. LME is a Private Limited Company and holds the majority of relationships with third-party providers who we engage to provide a range of services and goods to facilitate the delivery of our events and forming our supply chain.

This Modern Slavery Statement covers the LMCT Group.  

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

Our Modern Slavery Statement demonstrates our commitment to 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.

We also have policies in place to:

  • Protect whistle blowers within the organisation
  • Protect the welfare of The Trust and LME employees

In the next Financial Year we are aiming to implement a Responsible Procurement framework to support internal purchasers of goods and services and raise awareness of the importance of ethical considerations when engaging third-party providers.

Due diligence and our supply chain

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have in place systems to;

  • Check that all employees directly engaged by The Trust and LME 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

In order to ensure that all persons within our supply chain comply with our values and ethics; this Financial Year we have enrolled onto a collaborative data sharing platform with the functionality to conduct social and environmental audits. This will assist in reviewing our major labour providers to ensure they are fulfilling their obligations with regards to employment practices.

In the next Financial Year we intend to:

  • carry out a risk analysis of our supply chains
  • roll-out a pre-qualification questionnaire as part of new supplier engagement to understand supplier policies, processes and risk management approaches (envisaged to occur as part of our previous Modern Slavery Statement)


In order to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, increase awareness and identify signs of modern slavery, all of our senior managers, have completed Modern Slavery awareness training. This training will be circulated to new senior managers with the intention of being rolled out organisation-wide in the next year.

Closing Remarks

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the LMCT Group’s updated slavery and human trafficking statement for the Financial year ending 31 December 2019 and has been approved by the Directors of LME and the Trustees of The Trust. The Financial Year end-date has recently been updated to 31 December (formally 30 September for previous Financial Years).

Dated: 1 January 2020
Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of Trustees