Modern Slavery Statement
WireNews aligns its reputation with the following bold purpose – to build trust and integrity in media. Our policy is to assess and address anti-modern slavery laws in our own business and we expect people and organisations with whom we do business also to adopt and enforce policies to comply with the legislation. Collaboration is at the heart of achieving this with our people, suppliers and clients.
Modern Slavery Statement
What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is an international crime affecting more than 40 million slaves around the world. This growing global issue transcends age, gender and ethnicities. It includes victims trafficked from overseas and vulnerable people in the UK who are forced illegally to work against their will across many different sectors such as agriculture, hospitality, construction, retail and manufacturing.
Our policy is to assess and address the risks of violations of anti-human trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. We have adopted procedures that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chains and we expect people and organisations with whom we do business to adopt and enforce policies to comply with the legislation. We support our people and clients to address issues arising from modern slavery.
• Our values, which are embedded throughout our business, set the perimeters for how we expect our people to behave with colleagues, clients and the world at large;
• We seek to treat everyone fairly and consistently, creating a workplace and business environment that is open, transparent and trusted;
• Our policies and procedures relating to the Modern Slavery Act are in line with our culture and values;
We have a number of procedures in place that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chains.
• Robust recruitment processes in line with UK employment laws, including: ‘right to work’ document checks; contracts of employment and checks to ensure everyone employed is 16 and above;
• Market-related pay and rewards reviewed annually;
• Wellbeing activities and initiatives to support our people’s physical and mental well-being and lifestyle choices;
Transparency in Our Supply Chains
We recognise that WireNews is exposed to greater risk when dealing with its suppliers, particularly those who have operations/suppliers in other territories. The following measures to review and manage this risk are:
• An examination of supply chains;
• For those whom we pay £1,000 and above per year, we have mapped those according to location, size and industry, to identify potential indicators of slavery;
100% are located within the UK or other low risk countries;
50% are companies with an annual turnover of >£36 million, and are therefore covered by the Modern Slavery Act requirements;
9% are companies in high risk sectors such as hospitality and leisure, service and retail industries;
• Confirmation by our top 50 suppliers, in terms of spend, of compliance to the Act through their own modern slavery statements;
• A commitment to collaborate closely with suppliers to help them understand and work towards their own obligations under the Modern Slavery Act;
• A Responsible Purchasing Policy, which reflects our commitment to and focus on suppliers’ ethical supply chain(s);
• A Supplier Code of Conduct, used for all new major suppliers of goods or in re-tendering, clearly stating the Company’s intention to step away (without penalty) if any occurrences of modern slavery is discovered and/or ignored;
Supporting Our People
Following The Act, we have enabled our people to understand more about this growing issue by setting out the steps taken by the Company as well as guiding them on how to report any suspicions they may come across within business or a personal context. We have:
• Signposted our people to ModernSlavery.co.uk to provide them with useful information on how to recognize different types of slavery, how to spot the signs and details of a telephone helpline;
• Included a requirement in our 2018 Annual Declaration that everyone reads and acknowledges the Company’s modern slavery policy;
• Introduced an internal whistle-blowing process to enable anyone who has concerns (for example, how suppliers, clients, partners or employees behave) has a means of raising their concerns confidentially;
Supporting Our Clients
WireNews is continuously looking to support clients in this increasingly important issue, including collaborating with Government agencies and other reputable organisations, to deepen and share knowledge so that we may be impactful by engaging in this area. In addition, we are able to support our clients by offering to assist them with:
• Drafting and developing a modern slavery statement;
• Supply chain audits;
• Offer to support and develop practical and cost-effective solutions;
• Offer supplier due diligence;
• Provide assurance over policies and practices clients may have in place;
• Conducting ethical reviews;
Future Performance Indicators
Going forward, we aim to develop and introduce:
• Focused training for those in the company involved in contracts and procurement activities;
• Methodologies to increase awareness for our people and our clients;
WireNews shall take responsibility for this Statement and its related objectives, and review and update it in accordance with The Act.