The CBI Modern Slavery Statement 2019
The Modern Slavery Act came into effect in October 2015 and requires businesses in the UK (having annual turnover of £36m or more) to disclose information regarding the steps they have taken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their business and supply chain.
The CBI is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and although our turnover is below the £36m threshold, we have taken steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our organisation or within our wider supply chain and are committed to producing a Modern Slavery Statement annually.
CBI overview and structure
The CBI is a Royal Charter organisation with 230 employees based in 10 offices across the UK and 4 international offices in Brussels, Beijing, New Delhi and Washington D.C.
In terms of corporate governance, operational and strategic issues are the responsibility of the CBI Board, chaired by the CBI President and supported by an Audit Committee. While day to day running of the CBI is led by the Director-General and the CBI Executive Committee.
This policy is reviewed annually by the CBI Audit Committee and led by the Director for Finance and Corporate Services at the CBI.
Approach to Modern Slavery in 2018
Throughout 2018 the CBI took several actions to boost our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act:
- In 2018 we carried out a high-level review of our suppliers and believe that all our active suppliers, totaling approximately 800 businesses, are low to medium risk given the country and context of operation, the type of organisation, our knowledge of the supplier and our level of spend
- As a professional services organisation our largest suppliers are engaged in the provision of services to support our staff and offices. Staff services include both direct costs (benefits such as pensions and health insurance) and indirect costs (such as IT provision and recruitment agencies). Office costs include rent, rates and services such as cleaning and catering). The other significant type of supplier is for our events, such as large hotels or venues
- As a result of our review of suppliers in 2018, we can confirm that all suppliers to our London, Cannon Place office pay their staff, at minimum, the London Living Wage
- Through our recruitment and employment practices we screen all potential employees to ensure they have a right to live and work in the UK or in the relevant country where they have applied for employment with the CBI
- The CBI continued to communicate its whistleblowing policy to staff which sets out the process and procedures staff should follow if they wish act as a whistle-blower on activity at the CBI, this includes raising the issue with the Director of HR or Director-General at the CBI directly or with the Chair of the CBI Audit Committee who is a Non-Executive Director at the CBI.
Planned actions on awareness and process for 2019
In 2019 the CBI has planned several actions around awareness and process for ensuring our suppliers are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act and committed to removing slavery from their businesses and supply chains:
- The CBI is developing a checklist for all CBI employees to use when establishing new relationships with suppliers to the CBI. This checklist will look to remind staff of the Act and their responsibilities around due diligence of potential new suppliers
- CBI contracts with suppliers and sponsors are being revamped in 2019 to include reference to the Modern Slavery Act and the expectations of all our suppliers and sponsors to have complied with the Act and, if relevant, be able to demonstrate steps they have taken to address modern slavery in their supply chains or business.