We are passionate about being a responsible business that treats people with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking in any form and strive to ensure that they have no place in our business or industry. It is important to us that our suppliers, partners, contractors and anyone else we may work with or receive services from (together “Business Partners”) strive to meet the same standards and that they are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any way within their supply chains.
Modern slavery 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. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking in any form.
Although we are not required to make a modern slavery statement under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we are making this voluntary statement to show our commitment to ethical trading principles and to set out the steps we are taking to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and in our supply chains.
Our supply chains are mainly made up of banks and other financiers, legal advisers, accountants, production companies, production service companies, media companies and broadcasters and other commissioning bodies.
Our contracts with our Business Partners make clear that we have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and we expect our Business Partners to flag any potential risk areas to us. In some circumstances, we may also carry out appropriate vetting of our Business Partners including requesting details of their policy in respect of preventing modern slavery and human trafficking.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We encourage all employees and Business Partners to report any concerns or suspicions of potential modern slavery or human trafficking to us at the earliest possible opportunity so that we can take the necessary action.
What we expect from our Business Partners
We expect all Business Partners to share our values and to seek to mitigate any risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in their business or supply chain.
In particular, we require all Business Partners to:
- comply with the reporting requirements contained in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (if applicable);
- implement and enforce effective systems and controls to tackle modern slavery;
- protect whistleblowers;
- promptly respond to any reasonable requests for information which we may make in order to assess their modern slavery risk; and
- promptly raise any concerns they may have.
We also encourage all Business Partners to provide training on modern slavery and human trafficking to their staff and suppliers and providers.