Stewarts is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Stewarts is a leading UK law firm providing litigation services to a wide range of businesses and individuals from our offices in the UK and we take a zero tolerance approach to such slavery and human trafficking in or around our organisation. Further information about us can be found here: About Stewarts – The Litigation Specialists – Stewarts
We do not have intricate supply chains but we expect our suppliers, and their supply chains, to take all reasonable and practical steps to comply with the MSA.
We also expect our suppliers, and their supply chains, to engage in good employment practices and to comply with all relevant legislation and regulations in the countries in which they operate.
As part of our ongoing monitoring processes we have conducted a review of our suppliers, actively engaged with them and gathered information to demonstrate their compliance with the MSA.
We will conduct a review of our policies and procedures where they are relevant to procurement, including our Outsourcing, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Recruitment and Whistleblowing policies.
All of our employees are paid at, or above, the living wage.
We consider the risk of modern slavery occurring within our business and its supply chains to be low.
Training and reporting
We encourage all staff working for and with us (including employees, consultants, contractors and agency workers) to report any concerns about modern slavery in any part of our business or in our supply chains in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for Stewarts for the current financial year. This statement has been approved by the members of Stewarts.
Date: 15 April 2020