Our mission is to do business in a socially responsible, transparent and honest manner.
We will always support universal human rights, respect the law, champion diversity and inclusion and protect the environment.
We expect our business partners to do the same and will do all we can to inspire others to share and promote our values.
While our values are holistic in nature, we are particularly focused on stamping out modern slavery and human trafficking in any form, promoting diversity and inclusion within our industry and finding solutions to the environmental crisis. Brief statements summarising our values in these areas are set out below which are followed by our full policies. We strongly encourage our business partners to comply with these principles.
Modern Day Slavery
We sadly live in a world where modern slavery and human trafficking is not a rarity – it happens “all around us, but often just out of sight”. This has never been acceptable and is certainly not in present times.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking in any form. We have voluntarily set out how we monitor the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or those that supply or work with us. We expect our business partners to share our values.
Diversity and Inclusion
The UK Film and TV industries clearly have some way to go before they are representative of the diverse communities in which we live. We are dedicated to tackling this issue and promoting diversity and inclusion within our industry.
The right to equal opportunities is a core value to us and we oppose all forms of unlawful discrimination. We believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and we seek to ensure that all our staff and business partners are treated fairly and compassionately. We do not tolerate any forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation and are committed to identifying and wherever possible stamping out such practices or behaviours for good.
The facts are undeniable, saving the environment is the world’s greatest challenge. There is no Planet B. We know that every decision we make has an impact – so we do everything we can to make that impact a positive one. We’re lucky, as a film business, we have a disproportionate opportunity to effect change by raising awareness of the very real threat to our existence and that of the animal kingdom. We’re genuinely excited by the contribution we can make to creating a more sustainable world through great film making.
At a practical level that means not only creating great work. It means being diligent about our supply chains, and working with partners who share our goals. It means being transparent in everything we do. It means doing the small things well, from cutting travel to reducing waste and it means living up to the high standards we expect from others.
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.
We recognise the importance and the value of diversity and inclusion in our industry and are committed to providing equal opportunities and an inclusive environment for all individuals who work with us. It is important to us that our suppliers, partners, contractors and anyone else we may work with or receive services from (together “Business Partners”) meet the same high standards at all times.
We support the principle of equal opportunities and oppose unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy or maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, race, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age and part time or fixed term working arrangements (“protected characteristics”).
We are a committed equal opportunities employer and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that our employees and Business Partners are treated fairly in respect of these matters and that our Business Partners also adhere to these principles. All of our policies and practices will conform with the principle of equal opportunities in terms of recruitment, selection, training, promotion, career development, discipline and dismissal and our staff and applicants shall not be disadvantaged by any policies or conditions of service which cannot be justified as being necessary for operational purposes.
We are committing to identifying and wherever possible eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and we will not tolerate any discriminatory practices or behaviours from our employees or our Business Partners.
The following forms of discrimination are unlawful and are strictly prohibited:
Harassment, which is any unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of, violating an individual’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.
Direct discrimination, which is treating someone less favourably because of a protected characteristic.
Indirect discrimination, which is applying a provision, criterion or practice that adversely affects individuals with a particular protected characteristic more than others and which cannot be objectively justified.
Victimisation, which is retaliation against someone who has complained or who has supported someone else’s complaint about discrimination or harassment.
Failure to make reasonable adjustments, which is failing to make reasonable adjustments to alleviate disadvantages caused by a disability.
What we expect from our Business Partners
We expect our Business Partners to share our commitment to eliminating unlawful discrimination and harassment and to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout their business and the industry as a whole.
As a minimum, we expect all Business Partners to comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and to ensure that they have taken steps to prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment within their organisation. If we find that a Business Partner does not adhere to our values, we will take appropriate action which may range from working with the Business Partner to ensure that they take the necessary reparative action, to cancelling the relevant contract or terminating our relationship with the Business Partner.
Saving the environment is the world’s greatest challenge and we are committed to being part of the solution. We know that every decision we make has an impact and we are doing everything we can to make that impact a positive one. It is important to us that our suppliers, partners, contractors and anyone else we may work with or receive services from (together “Business Partners”) share our values and are conscious of the impact their operations may have on the environment.
We recognise the urgency and the importance of protecting our planet and we aim to raise awareness of the threats to our planet through great film making. We want to inspire not only our Business Partners but also the wider public to be aware of their impact on the environment and to take positive steps to protect our planet.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impacts of our business operations by:
- Reducing our use of energy, water and similar resources;
- Using environmentally friendly materials;
- Reducing our waste and disposing of any necessary waste in an environmentally safe manner;
- Cutting our travel; and
- Encouraging our Business Partners to take positive steps to reduce their own environmental impact.
We aim to keep abreast of environmental best practices and we will monitor and seek to improve the steps we are taking to protect our planet.
What we expect from our Business Partners
We expect our Business Partners to share our commitment to protecting the planet and to seek to minimise the environmental impact of their own operations. We encourage our Business Partners to raise awareness of the threats our planet is facing throughout their own organisations and to encourage their own employees, customers and suppliers to uphold similar standards and make small changes to their way of working which, together, can have a big impact on the future of our planet.