Ipsos Retail Performance Anti-Slavery Statement 2018
Ipsos Retail Performance Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Statement”) for the financial year ending 31 December 2018. This Statement sets out the steps Ipsos Retail Performance Limited (“Company”) has taken to address the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within its own operations and supply chains.
Furthermore, the Company is part of the group of companies operating globally under the control of Ipsos SA, a French listed company (“Ipsos Group”).
Business sector and risks
The Company operates in the people counting, behavioural analytics & market research sector, as well as ancillary services. As such management have identified its supply chain as the area with the greatest risk.
Ipsos Group was the first research business in the world to subscribe to the UN Global Compact encouraging business to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
Since 2008 Ipsos Group has subscribed to the UN Global Compact for respecting ten universal principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and combating corruption. This commitment has also been incorporated into the Ipsos Group global policies (“The Green Book”, the Ipsos Professional Code of Conduct), and a “Book of Policies and Procedures”, all of which is supplemented by a whistle-blowing procedure.
The Company’s “Anti-Slavery Policy” has been in place since June 2018, supplementing the requirements set out in the Ipsos Group wide policies. All staff are required to comply with the policy and we have a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or any of our supply chains.
In order to reduce the risk identified in the supply chain of The Company’s business, each 3rd party provider undergoes a vetting process by The Company’s internal Compliance Department before being accepted as a supplier. This initial vetting is then supplemented by random audits.
In July 2018, The Company asked its suppliers about their approach to modern slavery and whether they had their own anti-slavery statements. Where suppliers indicated that they did not have their own statement, The Company invited them to commit to the principles of anti-slavery. Furthermore, The Company will require its key suppliers to specifically comply with the Modern Slavery Act; to implement controls to prevent modern slavery; and to notify The Company if they become aware of any instances of modern slavery within their business or supply chains.
Both whistleblowing and supplier oversight are seen as key performance indicators to measure The Company’s effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains.
The Company has issued training to its staff to enable them to better recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain. The Company has also asked its staff to familiarise themselves with the Anti-Slavery Policy.
This statement was approved by the Board of Ipsos Retail Performance Ltd on 19th June 2019
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