Human rights and Modern Slavery
Increasingly, corporates and financial institutions actively seek to promote and protect human rights through their business activities, many now having sophisticated systems for addressing human rights and for managing associated risks. Every day we advise clients on such matters, advice which includes due diligence on corporate and financial deals, applying our expertise in corporate governance and advising on compliance with hard and soft law initiatives, most recently the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We publish a statement describing the steps we have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or within our supply chain. This, together with a complementary policy, further reinforces our commitment to being a visibly responsible business whilst addressing our own obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This work sets out our zero-tolerance approach to slavery and highlights what action is required should any of our people be concerned about these types of behaviour. We have also produced an interactive PDF, providing an introduction to modern slavery and its impact on human rights, together with a summary of the actions we are taking as a firm to combat slavery and human trafficking. This includes the work undertaken by our Risk and Resilience team which advises many UK-based clients on how to prepare for and comply with their obligations under the Act.
Our “Seven Questions” framework remains central to the opening of any new matter. These questions ensure that we only take on work where we have the expertise and capacity and that the work is consistent with our values, which includes consideration of the wider impacts of a client’s instructions.