Osborne Clarke LLP (“OC”) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC 397443). Osborne Clarke LLP is a member of the Osborne Clarke Verein, a Swiss verein which does not itself provide legal or other client services. Each of the member entities is a separately constituted and regulated legal entity or partnership which provides legal and other client services in accordance with the laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates in. Further details of the member entities can be found here.
Osborne Clarke is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or any part of our business. We have implemented a slavery and human trafficking policy (Policy) to ensure that all staff at OC perform their duties ethically and in line with our expectations. This Policy forms an integral part of the employment contracts of all our staff and ensures that all who work for OC conform to our zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.
As part of our commitment to the global effort to eradicate the exploitation of human beings and to prove the ethical nature of our business, in January 2016, we subscribed to the UN Global Compact (Compact). The Compact is an initiative by the UN to align strategies and operations of business with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In being a signatory, we are duty-bound to abide by the Compact’s ’10 Principles’.
Supply chain due diligence
We undertake appropriate due diligence on suppliers with whom we engage. All suppliers are expected to implement a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. We have taken steps within our internal procurement strategy to assess and identify the risk that any of our supply chain may use forced labour:
- all new potential suppliers are vetted prior to entering into a commercial relationship;
- Osborne Clarke’s procurement process details that Osborne Clarke reserves a right of audit with its suppliers;
- significant existing suppliers are being requested to confirm they have reviewed their business operations and supply chains and that there is no forced labour within their supply chains; and
- we have reviewed statements published by our suppliers on the use of forced labour so that we may ensure they are taking the appropriate steps.
We believe that our zero-tolerance approach must extend to the very people who represent our business and brand. For this reason, we have introduced a number of internal initiatives.
- Employment terms
From 1 November 2015, in accepting and signing the terms of their offer of employment and employment contract, all new staff confirm that they are not personally engaged in or complicit with slavery and / or human trafficking and agree to adhere to our Policy.
All existing staff will be required, on an annual basis, to sign a declaration stating that they are in no way personally engaged or complicit in slavery and / or human trafficking. The next round of declarations will be June 2017.
OC provides all staff with appropriate training to ensure that they are aware and mindful of slavery and human trafficking.
All staff are encouraged to report any instance they deem to be contrary to Osborne Clarke’s strict approach to human exploitation. Any person making a report is treated appropriately and pursuant to our whistleblowing policy.
This statement was approved by our Executive Board on 11 October 2016
Ray Berg, Managing Partner and designated Member