Last updated March 2017
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Royal Society of Chemistry's anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.
Introduction from Robert Parker, Chief Executive Officer
Forced, bonded or compulsory labour, human trafficking and other kinds of slavery and servitude are grave violations of fundamental human rights. The Royal Society of Chemistry, under the direction of its Council, will not tolerate such activity and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity at all times, including implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to combat slavery and human trafficking both within our organisation and by working with our business supply chains.
Organisation's structure and business
The Royal Society of Chemistry is a UK registered charity with three core objectives: a professional body, setting the standards for the practice of chemistry and supporting those who practise and teach chemistry; a publisher, promoting and supporting world-class research by delivering high-quality content in the way that our community wants to access it; and a voice for chemistry, committed to supporting the longevity of chemistry as a discipline, changing behaviours and influencing decision makers.
As a group, The Royal Society of Chemistry has a permanent presence in the United Kingdom, India, China, Germany, Japan and the United States of America. The Royal Society of Chemistry maintains, in its supply chains, relationships with many different organisations across several countries, as well as directly employing large numbers of people.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
At The Royal Society of Chemistry, we acknowledge our responsibility and are committed to identifying and minimising the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains and in all areas of our business.
Our Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy (“Policy”) is a clear communication of our expectations to all those who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have:
- Created a risk assessment tool for staff to help determine the level of risk concerning our commercial and financial dealings;
- Included a specific request for information within our Supplier Questionnaire;
- Incorporated appropriate terms in contractual arrangements including: (i) warranties that no slavery is used anywhere in the supplier’s business and is mitigated so far as possible in their own supply chains, (ii) an obligation to comply with our policy, (iii) indemnities and a right for The Royal Society of Chemistry to terminate agreements in the event of breach of our Policy; and (iv) contractual rights to request compliance-related information and independently audit suppliers at our discretion;
- Revised our Associates’ Code of Conduct for our business partners to highlight our expectations.
During the forthcoming year, we also intend to:
- Undertake an appropriate risk assessment to identify which areas of our business and suppliers are most at risk of modern slavery and create an action plan to enable us to better focus our efforts in this area;
- Implement an improved procurement process to support that action plan;
- Protect whistle blowers who highlight to us any risk or evidence of slavery or human trafficking practices within our business and supply chains.
Supplier adherence to our values
We will carry out regular reviews of existing systems and business relationships to ensure that those within our supply chains comply with our values, and that our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are reflected throughout our supply chains. These will include:
- Engaging with our suppliers, contractors, associates and business partners via our procurement process and day-to-day activities to convey our Policy and to gain an understanding of the measures implemented by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring within their business;
- Encouraging self-reporting by our suppliers;
- Where risk areas are identified, taking these into consideration in any future contract renewals.
Communication and Training
To ensure a clear understanding of the risks of slavery and human trafficking within our own business, we will communicate this Statement and our Policy to all our employees, members and volunteers. We will aim to develop and implement appropriate training for relevant teams across the organisation.
We intend to continually review how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in any part of our business or supply chains and to improve our business relationships to work collectively to tackle slavery and human trafficking.
We will review and update this Statement and our Policy on an annual basis to ensure they reflect our ongoing commitment.
Any questions or comments regarding this Statement are welcomed and should be addressed to the Legal Services Manager.