Statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Integrity and service are core values of our Firm.  We are proud to be a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact ("申花官网UNGC申花官网"). Our affirmation of the ten principles of the UNGC is appended here.

We are committed to responsible business practices protecting human rights. We have adopted a zero tolerance approach to all forms of slavery and human trafficking ("申花官网modern slavery申花官网") in our organisation and supply chain, and we are focused on identifying, reporting and addressing any human rights risks or abuses in our operations or our supply chain.
 

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Our annual report for the UNGC demonstrates our commitment to protecting internationally recognised human rights and labour laws. Please click here for our 2020 Communication on Progress for the UNGC.

We have internal policies and procedures that demonstrate our commitment to eradicating the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chain. These include Procurement, Health and Safety and Equal Opportunity policies. Our Whistleblowing policy encourages personnel to report suspected wrongdoing as soon as possible, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously, investigated promptly and that their confidentiality will be respected, consistent with adequate investigation and remediation. These policies are made available to all our employees through our intranet. Furthermore, we support the health and financial needs of our employees at different stages of their lives by providing a flexible benefits programme.

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We expect our suppliers to share our values, but we recognise that there is a risk of modern slavery in our supply chain, particularly in the higher risk jurisdictions in which we operate. Therefore, we continue to enhance our robust supply chain compliance programme, which focuses in particular on suppliers in those higher risk jurisdictions. Our supply chain compliance programme:

  • imposes contractual obligations on key suppliers, with obligations related to compliance with relevant laws (including those related to modern slavery) and requirements to impose similar standards on their suppliers;
  • requires new key suppliers to provide us with pertinent information to help us determine the risks to us in entering into a business relationship with them;
  • requires our key suppliers to provide information on what policies they have in place to address modern slavery risks in their business and supply chains;
  • provides for monitoring of the jurisdictions in which our key suppliers operate to identify any risks and conducting market reviews of key services by a formal tender process, with an emphasis on the values that matter to us; and
  • provides a contractual right to audit the performance and working practices of our key suppliers.

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The Firm provides regular training on the "Fundamentals of Business & Human Rights" for our lawyers in each region. 

Our Business & Human Rights Interest Group also offers practice-specific training sessions on business and human rights developments and a general overview for Business Services managers. For information about the group, please visit www.whitecase.com/law/practices/business-human-rights.

In 2019, all members of the global Procurement team received training on our new online supplier vetting portal.
 

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