This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Foot Anstey LLP's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 30 April 2017. It sets out the steps that Foot Anstey LLP has undertaken – and is continuing to take – to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to creating effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Foot Anstey LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and registered in England and Wales (registered number OC360255 and registered office 4 North East Quay, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0BN).
We are a provider of professional services in the legal sector. Foot Anstey LLP is the parent firm of the Group (which includes the subsidiaries Foot Anstey Commercial Services Limited and Clinical Negligence Services Limited, trading as Enable Law) and which has over 470 employees and operates in the UK. We have a global annual turnover of £38.3m. Our business is organised into four practice groups: Real Estate, Business, Private Wealth and Enable Law. Our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy is committed to making a difference in the communities that we live and work in, and it is organised around our people, our community and our environment.
We have published our Anti-Slavery Policy to all staff. Our Risk and Compliance team works together with our HR function to help ensure that our Anti-Slavery Policy is complied with, and to manage any concerns. Our Whistleblowing Policy ensures all employees know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or about practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals. Our Recruitment and Vetting Policy includes conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
We have included in our training curriculum an Anti-Slavery training course for those involved in recruiting and sourcing/managing a supply chain, so that risks can be identified and our Anti-Slavery Policy can be implemented effectively.
Supplier Due Diligence
Our supply chains include a variety of suppliers to enable the delivery of our services to our clients. Our anti-slavery approach 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.
To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we are currently reviewing our supply chain compliance process, and will be introducing specific measures to ensure that our obligations under the Act are passed through our supply chain, as follows:-
- Identifying and assessing potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Monitoring our supply chains for unfair practices.
- Requesting that our main suppliers provide confirmation that they have reviewed their business operations and supply chains and that there is no forced labour within their supply chains.
- Requesting also that they provide us with their policies on fair sourcing of goods and services, their employment practices such as advertising vacancies, work/life balance and their training for staff.
This statement was approved by the Board on 17 October 2017.
SIGNED BY MEMBER
FOOT ANSTEY LLP
Date: 17 October 2017