modern slavery statement

Modern slavery – commonly called ‘slavery’, ‘child labour’ and/or ‘human-trafficking’ – is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. These are heinous activities that we will never engage in or condone as a business, and that we condemn in others who engage in them.

We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and will not engage in business of any description with any business who does so. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

If we discover that any business or individual associated in any way with our business is engaged in, or otherwise supporting, and/or condoning or failing to prevent such activities, when such activities are within their control and/or influence, we will cease all connection with them. We will also consider whether we are under any reporting or other legal duty in respect of this disassociation and our reasons for it.

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

We expect all of our suppliers to share a similarly uncompromising commitment to the same levels of compliance as we have set out in this policy.

As a condition of our trading relationship, any supplier to our business will be asked to confirm to our designated anti-slavery officer that they comply with all relevant legal obligations and industry best practices applicable to their business, including those relating to modern slavery. In addition to this statement of self-certification, we will also ask for specific confirmation that our suppliers do not, in any part or aspect of their business, or business relationships, engage in slavery, forced labour or servitude, child labour, or human trafficking.

We will take action to terminate existing contracts with, and to pursue appropriate legal remedies against, any suppliers who we subsequently discover to have been operating in breach of this policy.