Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, 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.
Integreon has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and is fully committed to preventing those activities in all aspects of its business. Integreon is also committed to ensuring transparency in its approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and in its supply chains. At Integreon, we recognize that we all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our own business and in the wider supply chain.
This statement sets out Integreon’s actions to understand and address potential modern slavery and human trafficking risks related to its business and supply chain and to ensure it is doing all it can to prevent them.
Integreon is a trusted provider of integrated legal, research and business support solutions to discerning professionals, including law firms and corporate law departments, leading corporations, financial services organisations and professional services firms.
Our 2,400+ Associates work globally to support our demanding clients. We provide a range of integrated services through four Business Units: Legal Services, Business Services, Research Services and Document services.
Our Supply Chains and Suppliers
Integreon’s existing relationships with its suppliers have been established for some time and are built upon mutually beneficial, collaborative business endeavours. To date, we have not been made aware of or discovered any human trafficking or slavery activities within our supply chain. However, if we were to learn of any such activities, Integreon would act immediately in accordance with our legal and moral obligations.
As and when Integreon has new contractors or suppliers come on-board, we pre-qualify any new firm through a series of due diligence efforts, including inquiry into company performance, Health Safety & Environment compliance, and references from other customers to establish reputation and suitability.
Due Diligence Processes for Addressing and Preventing Slavery and Human Trafficking
In addition to our general due diligence processes for screening and monitoring suppliers, as part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk around slavery and human trafficking, we have put in place (or are in the process of developing) systems to:
- Include in our procurement policy specific prohibitions against contracting with suppliers who use forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or who we reasonably believe may engage in such practices;
- Include in our standard vendor contracts language that expressly prohibits the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour;
- Identify, assess, and mitigate potential risk areas when considering new suppliers and regularly review our existing supply chains;
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains;
- Adopt an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy;
- Protect whistle blowers. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy expressly prohibits any retaliation or other detrimental treatment of an Associate who reports in good faith a suspicion that modern slavery in any form is or may be taking place in any part of our business or in any of our supply chains.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
We are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery Policy is available from the Integreon website. That policy prohibits the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery by any of our contractors, suppliers or other business partners. This Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
We have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking. To maintain awareness and ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business our Anti-Slavery Policy is available from the Integreon website. Integreon also provides training on its policy to those who are in positions where slavery and human trafficking concerns may arise.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2016.