Fairness is a critical part of our sustainability programme. For us, fairness is about upholding human rights, celebrating individuality and making sure everyone feels safe and respected in the workplace.
Our commitment is to ensure everyone working on our behalf, in an environment we control, is given equal opportunities, protected from discrimination and paid at least the Real Living Wage. We’re committed to paying Living Wages throughout our activities by 2020 and are working closely with our supply chain partners to achieve this.
What we've achieved
In 2015 we committed to ensuring that everyone working on our behalf, in an environment we control, is given equal opportunities, protected from discrimination and paid at least the Real Living Wage by 2020. Over the past few years we’ve worked closely with our supply chain partners to achieve this. We’re an official Living Wage Employer, accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. This recognises that everyone in our business is paid at least the Real Living Wage (£10.75 an hour in London; £9.30 outside London), except interns and apprentices who are exempt from the rates. We are on track to meet our 2020 commitment to ensure everyone working on our behalf, in an environment we control, will be paid the Real Living Wage by the end of 2020.
Working with our supply chain We work alongside our suppliers to prevent modern slavery and to promote fair, ethical treatment of everyone working at our sites, on our behalf. During 2019, for a second year, we carried out due diligence to assess workforce-related risks on our sites and to understand how our corporate commitments and policies work in practice. We looked at high-risk areas of our supply chain, focusing on cleaning, security and construction labour in the UK. An accredited third party held anonymous interviews with 247 workers from 31 partner organisations at eight of our retail, office and construction sites.
This year, for the first time, we also visited two of our suppliers’ own sites, including a UK-based steel manufacturer. The surveys covered a range of issues, including labour exploitation, fair payment, health and safety, right to work and discrimination. We found no cases of modern slavery in this process, but we did identify areas for improvement, including the need for increased guidance on right-to-work checks. We’ve extended our due diligence activities for the coming year, to increase our focus on the modern slavery risk across our construction activity, and to include partners outside the UK
You can find out more about our approach to fairness and how we’re addressing the risks of modern slavery in our Modern Slavery Statement below: