Anti Modern Slavery statement

This statement is made on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (the 'CIPD') pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the 'Act'), and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2020.

Our business and structure

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. We’re independent, and not for profit and hold a highly respected Royal Charter. We are a registered charity in England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland with public benefit that includes our ability to influence public policy and promote progressive HR and people management practices.

We are the parent company of CIPD Enterprises Ltd, CIPD Ireland and CIPD Asia Ltd. CIPD Middle East FZ-LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIPD Enterprises Ltd. Across our group we have over 300 employees in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Purpose and voice

As an organisation whose purpose is championing better work and working lives, we wholeheartedly endorse the legislation as a crucially important development in tackling slavery and human trafficking and we will not trade or partner with any business or organisation which is involved in this shocking practice however remotely or indirectly.

Furthermore we are the voice of a worldwide community of 150,000 members who have a stewardship obligation to demonstrate and promote fair and reasonable standards in the treatment of people who are operating within their sphere of influence.

Our supply chains

Our supply chains include publishing and printing services, IT services, conference and venue suppliers, training providers and consultants, and marketing and PR services. We have reviewed the risks that these supply chains can present and whilst we consider our exposure to modern slavery to be limited, we expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to exploitation.

To this end, all new contracts and those renewing, now include a clause requiring that our suppliers, and their subcontractors, comply with the Act, and include CIPD’s right to terminate in the instance of any breach of this obligation.

Taking action

As part of our procurement process, we will only engage with suppliers and contractors who confirm their compliance with the Act. In 2016 we wrote to our top 160 suppliers who equate to nearly 80% of our procurement spend seeking their confirmation of compliance with the Act. This financial year, we will contact all suppliers where our spend is in excess of £10,000 (top 280 suppliers) to raise awareness and seek assurance of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Our people

We have promoted to all our employees that Modern Slavery is a global problem that affects us all. We have shared examples of how individuals can unwittingly be part of the cycle. We have highlighted that everyone has a vital role to play in tackling the issue.

We have adapted and re-promoted our existing corporate policies to incorporate modern slavery and human trafficking issues, including our whistleblowing policy which allows employees to report any concerns confidentially. During the last financial year all staff across the entire organisation completed a specific training course to increase their awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking so that they are able to understand, identify and be able to report on these risks.

Louise Fisher
Chair of the Board