Modern Slavery Act
Modern Slavery Act Disclosure 2017
This statement relates to intu’s calendar financial year for 2017.
Modern slavery is a prevalent and growing issue and we know that we are not immune to the risks global supply chains carry. Modern slavery includes forced and bonded labour, servitude and human trafficking.
intu is committed to behaving in a socially responsible way. We hold the BITC Community Mark, which recognises our contribution to our communities and our positive impacts for society.
intu has a zero tolerance stance in relation to modern slavery and we extend this to our suppliers and all who we work with.
We own and manage 20 shopping centres in the UK and Spain. In 2013 intu created intu Retail Services to bring all the frontline staff working at our wholly-owned UK centres in-house to deliver an integrated facilities management service. We invest in our people having been awarded Gold standard in Investors in People (IIP) accreditation.
Our Code of Professional Conduct sets out how we expect our employees to behave; this includes in respect to each other, and is underpinned by our values to act fairly.
Our Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy can be found on our website alongside all corporate policies that we expect all supply chain partners to adhere to.
In 2017 a post-implementation review of intu’s Anti-Modern Slavery Policy was carried out to ensure the policy was being correctly applied. Key Performance Indicators were developed to monitor awareness of the Policy within both intu’s operations and its Supply Chain, and training delivered to key personnel.
Our supply chain
We directly manage our centres but we still rely on a number of suppliers to operate our business. Our supply chain includes services related to the purchase, sale and development of real estate, construction and property management services.
Our Supply Chain Policy that sets out our standards for supply chain partners in meeting our objectives of value for money while maintaining environment, ethical and health and safety standards. As noted earlier, this and other relevant Policies are published on our corporate website.
Assessment of modern slavery within our supply chain
We have previously carried out a high-level assessment of our supply chain to identify our high-risk areas.
Construction was identified as the highest risk part of our supply chain operations and within this, brick manufacturing the key area of risk. We also identified two areas within our direct operations that are a potential risk factor: intu Retail Services procurement and marketing procurement (as our highest spend area).
Embedding respect: how we are working with our suppliers
We work with our suppliers to ensure they meet our standards. We recognise the importance on good relationships with suppliers to meet our supply chain objectives. We maintain an open and transparent dialogue with:
- Regular tendering
- Supplier screening and questions
- Codes of conduct for supply chain, setting out supplier responsibility
- Monitoring and continuous improvement
- Reviewing supply chain risks
Educating and empowering colleagues
To tackle modern slavery within our supply chain, awareness and education are key. All intu staff receive information to raise awareness about modern slavery.
A safe and confidential route to whistle blow
As well as making our people aware of the risks and signs of modern slavery we have provided avenues for our people to raise any concerns. We believe it is everyone’s job to be vigilant and report and suspicions.
We have provided all our people with information on contacting intu’s dedicated whistleblowing confidential hot line.
We plan to review our policy and KPIs annually to make sure they remain fit for purpose.
intu Chief Executive