Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is a serious crime involving the exploitation and control of vulnerable people, often for some sort of financial gain or criminal purpose. We have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that we prevent modern slavery across our global operations and protect vulnerable people from harm. This not only applies to our own employment practices and recruitment policies, but also to those of the suppliers and partners we work with.

 

What do we mean by modern slavery?

There are many types of modern slavery, including:

The Home Office estimates there are up to 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK. 55% of these are female and 35% of all victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

 

Why this matters

Modern slavery is fast becoming the most profitable global criminal activity. It affects people from all backgrounds, ethnic groups, age groups and genders and is often hidden, which is why we all
need to be aware of what it means, what to look for and what to do if we suspect it is happening.

To help us guard against unwittingly employing or using the services of somebody who is a victim of modern slavery (and to potentially help them by reporting our concerns), here are some
tell-tale signs to look for:

 

Anti-slavery obligations

All employees, particularly those responsible for recruitment, together with anybody working for us, providing services to us or working on our behalf across our global
operations, must:

 

Audits and non-compliance

Upon request, anybody working for us, providing services to us or working on our behalf must be able to demonstrate compliance with this policy. Collaboration with our partners is the only really
effective way to ensure modern slavery is prevented.

We may perform audits at any time. Any company found to have breached this policy or a company that has refused to cooperate with an audit of its employment / recruitment practices may have its supply agreement or other contract with us terminated immediately without compensation. We will also notify the relevant authorities as appropriate.

 

How to report concerns

If you suspect that somebody has or may be a victim of modern slavery, report your suspicions immediately using our Speak Up policy.

It takes courage to report something that may be a hunch, but we can only investigate and potentially help somebody who may be at risk of modern slavery if we know about it. You don’t need to be 100% sure of your facts so long as you have reasonable grounds for your suspicion.