Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Financial Year Ending 31 December 2020
The Institute of Physics (IOP) and its group companies are committed to doing all we reasonably can to combat all forms of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains. This statement sets out how the entire IOP group has approached these issues during this financial year and how we will continue to do so in the next.
Our Group Status, Structure and Activities
The IOP is a charity registered in England and Wales, and in Scotland, and is incorporated by Royal Charter. We are the national physical society for the UK and Ireland. The objective of the IOP, as stated in our Royal Charter, is to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and education in the science of physics, pure and applied, for the benefit of the public and the members of the IOP.
The IOP works to advance physics research, application and education, and engages with policymakers and the public, to develop awareness and understanding of physics.
We work with a range of partners in civil society to encourage young people to engage with physics and work with partners to support and develop the teaching of physics in schools; we encourage innovation, growth and productivity in business including addressing significant skills shortages; and we provide evidence-based advice and support to governments across the UK and in Ireland.
Our members come from across the physics community whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as an apprentice or a student. However, our reach goes well beyond our membership to all who have an interest in physics and the contribution it makes to our culture, our society and the economy.
The IOP group of companies is made up of subsidiaries registered in England and Wales, the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, India, and the Russian Federation and of offices in various other countries.
The largest subsidiary, IOP Publishing Limited, is a world leader in scientific communications publishing journals, ebooks, magazines and websites globally. The other subsidiaries support the activities of IOP and/or IOP Publishing Limited in the United Kingdom and globally.
Our Group’s Supply Chain
The IOP group of companies has a diverse supply chain, including suppliers of IT, print and editorial services, office equipment, catering services, building services, temporary recruitment services, and accommodation and venue facilities, which could be seen to be higher risk activities. These suppliers are located across the globe, with some located in countries which have a high estimated prevalence of modern slavery as measured by the Global Slavery Index 2018, such as India, Tanzania and Ukraine.
Our Approach and Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
During 2020, we have continued activities on a group-wide basis to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring in the IOP group’s supply chains. These have included:
- continuing to identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains, in particular for those suppliers in countries with a high estimated prevalence of modern slavery
- carrying out due diligence checks on higher risk suppliers, such as requesting evidence of their own policies and procedures
- introducing appropriate contractual obligations into contracts with relevant suppliers
- providing our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy to our suppliers and obtaining their agreement to comply with it
- briefing key employees on how to identify risks of slavery in our supply chains and how to escalate them internally
- where possible, visits to key suppliers to witness working conditions first-hand
- obtaining confirmation from key employees and suppliers that no instances of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains has been observed either during visits or otherwise
- ensuring employees are aware how to raise any suspected instances of slavery
We confirm our commitment to prohibiting modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in any part of our businesses. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to prohibit slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and business.
To ensure that those companies in our supply chains comply with all obligations on anti-slavery and human trafficking, we require that all relevant suppliers are issued with, and agree to comply with, our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy and that appropriate obligations are included in our contracts with them. These obligations will allow us to secure assurances that those suppliers have appropriate measures in place in relation to their own business and supply chains and commit to complying with all relevant legislation and codes of practice.
Continuing Our Approach in 2021
In order to further ensure that there is no slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, we intend to take the following further steps in the forthcoming financial year:
- refresh training on anti-slavery and human trafficking to relevant employees
- monitor compliance with our policy by all relevant suppliers and all staff
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the IOP group’s anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2019.
The Institute of Physics
Date: 20 May 2021
Professor Paul Hardaker
Chief Executive Officer
The Institute of Physics
Date: 20 May 2021
The above statement was approved by the Institute of Physics’ Council of Trustees on 20 May 2021. It has been endorsed by the Institute of Physics’ Executive Board and by the IOP Publishing Limited Executive Board.
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