Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for financial year ending 31 October 2020
This statement is written in line with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is the slavery and human trafficking statement for The Law Society Group, year ending 31 October 2020.
The Law Society Group comprises of the Law Society, as the professional and representational body for solicitors in England and Wales, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority as the independent regulator of solicitors in England and Wales ('the Group').
The Group is committed to taking appropriate actions to ensure that modern slavery practices are not present in the Group’s organisations, within its supply chain or any other associated activities. The Group endeavours to never engage with external parties involved in or connected to modern slavery or human trafficking.
The Group has continued to review and update the supplier questionnaire – due diligence document. Any external party wishing to engage with the Group must complete this questionnaire declaring their processes and policies in relation to applicable regulations, including modern slavery, and provide the appropriate documentation. We expect any party we are looking to work with to have suitable policies, processes and compliance in place within their own businesses and supply chains to prevent child labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The majority of the Group’s procurement activity does not involve high risk activities such as production or sourcing outside of the United Kingdom or the European Union.
This due diligence process is followed by ensuring that all agreements made with external parties have appropriate contractual provisions in place. These terms require external parties to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
In this financial year, the Group has undertaken the following steps to minimise the potential risk of modern slavery and human trafficking being present in our supply chain:
- reviewed due diligence documents during the tender process, particularly on higher risk contracts such as catering, facilities management and people-based contracts
- ensured, where appropriate, that the correct operational teams had checked the due diligence and modern slavery policies of new and existing suppliers, including their sub-contractors
- carried out reviews of the highest value suppliers to ensure that the procurement team have the relevant modern slavery policy documents
All policies are supported by the Group’s whistleblowing policy which encourages anyone who has concerns to raise them, with protection and support provided.
We are committed to raising awareness and building on this process in the future. We will look to continue this work, refining our practices in the continually changing environment we live in and improve our reporting structure for more effective processes moving forward.
Paul Tennant, chief executive
The Law Society