Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) requires any commercial organisation in any sector, which supplies goods or services, and carries on a business or part of a business in the United Kingdom, and is above a specified total turnover, to produce and publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
This statement relates to the actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. Fladgate LLP is committed to the prevention of the use of forced labour and has a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking and slavery.
Fladgate LLP is an internationally focused law firm, based in London, which provides a broad spectrum of legal services for businesses and individuals. Our firm comprises over 255 partners, lawyers and support staff.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
Fladgate LLP will not use or allow the use of forced, compulsory labour, slavery, servitude or human trafficking in the course of its business. This includes sexual exploitation, securing services by force, threats or deception and securing services from children and vulnerable persons.
Our employment procedures guarantee that Fladgate LLP conducts appropriate checks on all staff to ensure they can legally work in the United Kingdom.
In addition, internal policies are reviewed regularly to ensure continued compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Fladgate LLP operates the following policies which are relevant to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have put in place systems to:
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics
To ensure contractors and those in our supply chain comply with our values and ethics, we have in place a rigorous supply chain compliance programme.
Under this policy, a material service supplier is any service supplier whose services in any twelve month period equates to or is expected to equate to over 0.25% of the firm’s annual revenue.
Efforts are made to confirm that the Firm’s material service suppliers are as committed to the prevention of human trafficking and slavery as Fladgate LLP, and each material service supplier’s conduct is carefully considered when awarding or renewing business.
All material service suppliers for Fladgate LLP will be contacted to confirm their position with regards to human trafficking and slavery. They will be asked to provide information explaining the efforts made by them to avoid human trafficking and slavery within their organisations, and to confirm that they screen their own suppliers to ensure that they are also compliant with the Act.
Going forward, we will review our supply chain profile annually. Reviews with material service suppliers regarding human trafficking and slavery will also be conducted on an annual basis. If the responses are deemed unsatisfactory, our continued relationship with them will be determined by our Partnership Board and Head of Risk & Compliance. Similar assessments will be carried out when considering the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new material service supplier.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to all relevant partners and employees.
The key performance indicators (KPIs) we will use to measure how effective we are in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chain are as follows:
Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have implemented this year, we will continue to review this on a regular basis. This statement will be reviewed annually by our Head of Risk & Compliance.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Act and constitutes our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2017.
Charles Wander, Chairman