Modern Slavery Statement
Statement pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the financial year ending 31 December 2020.
This statement is published on behalf of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, a legal practice, authorised and regulated by the SRA under registration number 287488, and references to “we” and “the firm” are to that entity.
We are committed to achieving high standards of ethical behavior in the conduct of our business and to acting with integrity in all our business relationships. We do not tolerate slavery, human trafficking, abusive or unfair treatment in any part of our business or in any part of our supply chain.
In the financial year ending 31 December 2020
We have considered our current suppliers and our business by size and risk profile and assess the risk of slavery or trafficking being present in our annual review in 2020. Our primary suppliers include suppliers of office and professional support services and regulated law firms and barristers. We have found no cause for concern. We have determined that our business is low risk for slavery.
We are continuing to take steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking play no part in our supply chain and our business, including training members of the firm, where appropriate. We undertake an annual review of our key supplier population and meet with our key suppliers at least annually. We have an internal policy on Anti-Slavery which we review and, where necessary, update on an annual basis.
The main area of risk in our supply chain and our business identified through our annual review in 2020 was in relation to the hiring of outsourced catering staff. Appropriate due diligence is conducted when we engage with such suppliers to mitigate that risk. In practice we only use reputable outsourcing agencies and we comply with all local laws and regulations. In addition, the national restrictions imposed in 2020 meant that our use of outsourced catering staff was greatly reduced. As we ease out of lockdown and resume normal business practice we will continue to mitigate the risk in this area.
We have maintained our procurement procedure with regard to the engagement of all new contractors to the Firm. Risk of slavery remains one of the evaluation criteria behind our selection of new suppliers.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
20 June 2021