Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy
Pemberton Greenish LLP is a leading London law firm, providing a range of property, commercial and private client legal services.
We seek excellence in every aspect of our business and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity. We are committed to conducting our business in a lawful manner and this includes engaging with our suppliers to ensure that they share the same high standards.
As required by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”), this statement describes the steps which Pemberton Greenish has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of our supply chains, or in any part of our own business.
All staff employed directly by Pemberton Greenish do so of their own free will and understand that they can cease their employment at any time within the terms of their employment contract. Staff are compensated with salaries and benefits which exceed statutory minimum requirements and we abide by the Working Time Directive.
Supply chain relationships
Our key suppliers are the businesses which help us to run our operation, such as our catering, cleaning, maintenance, printing and security providers, or who supply us with the technology we need to deliver legal services to our clients. We foster long-term relationships with these first-tier suppliers and we avoid making demands of our suppliers that might lead to them violating human rights. For example, we require our catering, cleaning, maintenance, printing and security suppliers to pay their personnel, who work at our premises, a salary which is equivalent (at least) to the London Living Wage.
Our commitment to fair employment practices in relation to our own employees is embodied in our HR Policies & Procedures. These provide information about how we approach our day-to-day activities and the principles therein are covered in inductions for new staff and reinforced through training. We endeavour to embed these standards in everything we do.
We expect our suppliers to have fair employment practices too, as articulated in our Supplier Code of Conduct. This encourages our suppliers to conduct their businesses ethically and we ask key suppliers to sign it to make their commitment to fair employment practices clear. A supplier’s compliance with our Supplier Code of Business Conduct is an important factor in deciding whether to form, continue or re-new a relationship with them. Any breach of our Code by a supplier may result in us terminating our arrangements with the supplier.
We have a face-to-face training programme for our senior management team as well as those of our employees who have responsibilities in relation to engaging the firm’s suppliers. This covers not only the offences in the Act, but how to go about evaluating suppliers and mitigating risks within supply chains. Our aim is to raise awareness of the issues and increase informed scrutiny.
We try to identify risks to workers in our supply chain, by regularly refreshing the due diligence we carry out on our key suppliers before we engage them and through the ongoing supplier management processes we have in place.
When selecting our suppliers, price is not our only driver. We are committed to buying quality products and services from ethical suppliers and part of measuring this involves assessing the approach a potential supplier takes to its people and the workers in its own supply chain.
We meet formally with each of our key suppliers at least annually and, among other things, address their approach to slavery and human trafficking at those review meetings.
In addition, managers responsible for the firm’s relationship with key suppliers visit them at their own premises from time to time. This gives us an opportunity to observe first hand their working conditions and to talk to a sample of their workers direct. In many cases, we have a contractual right to audit the performance and working practices of our suppliers.