This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It outlines BI WORLDWIDE’s exposure to slavery and human trafficking and shows the steps we have taken to ensure that these practices are not taking place in our own business or in our supply chains.
BI WORLDWIDE is one of Newport Pagnell’s largest employers and has approximately 250 people working from its office in the town. The company enjoys a reputation for being a thought leader in performance improvement and employee engagement, and is one of the foremost event management companies in the UK. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the business operates in a culture that is open and inclusive and in which employees have a big say in local working conditions and practices.
The business is committed to paying its employees fairly and to encouraging internal progression. BI WORLDWIDE also works hard to be a good neighbour and to make a contribution to the local community.
The bulk of BI WORLDWIDE’s business is conducted in the UK working with blue chip clients to engage and motivate their workforces. This is not an industry with a high risk of modern day slavery or human trafficking. However, BI WORLDWIDE is part of a global organisation and is exposed to working with suppliers and employee groups which are not subject to the same regulatory regimes as those operating domestically. Additionally, our events business works globally and is exposed to the use of local suppliers and local technical resource.
So, although we do not believe that the risk of exposure to modern day slavery or human trafficking is high, it seems appropriate to assess the risks on an individual contract basis.
BI WORLDWIDE operates a suite of policies designed to promote engagement and wellbeing among all its employees. Employees are rewarded for demonstrating the company’s values and employees contribute to defining the types of behaviour that we encourage at work. We strive to ensure fair treatment of all employees, and members of the company’s leadership team are always available to people with questions or feedback.
Remuneration levels and policies are reviewed annually and pay rates are regularly benchmarked against similar roles in the local area. The company complies with all applicable employment legislation and conducts annual fair pay reviews.
Line managers and all employees involved in recruiting employees are required to attend training designed to ensure fair and consistent application of all BI WORLDWIDE’s people policies.
The company also makes use of a team of IT developers based in India. This team is BI WORLDWIDE owned and managed and there are robust processes in place to ensure that working conditions and remuneration policies are sound.
Wherever possible, BI WORLDWIDE contracts with established suppliers, many of whom have their own obligation to publish statements in accordance with the Act. In these cases, we will monitor these statements.
For all material contracts with UK suppliers, BI WORLDWIDE enters into relationships only with reputable organisations and following an appropriate due diligence process. For small value and local contracts, there is no formal process. However, the organisation is well-connected locally and would expect to become aware of any adverse publicity regarding local suppliers.
For all material contracts with non UK based suppliers, BI WORLDWIDE contracts with large reputable organisations wherever possible. Whenever there is a requirement to contract with smaller, local suppliers, recommendations are sought from clients and the third parties with whom we are working.