Ipsos is committed to ensuring that all our employees, workers and contractors are treated fairly, and that their human rights are respected. Ipsos’ slavery and human trafficking statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("Statement"). This Statement sets out the steps Ipsos has taken to address the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within its own operations and supply chains. For the purposes of this Statement, Ipsos represents: Ipsos MORI UK Ltd and Ipsos (market research) Limited formerly Market & Opinion Research International Ltd (collectively known and trading as “Ipsos”).
Furthermore, Ipsos is part of the group of companies operating globally under the control of Ipsos SA, a French listed company ("Ipsos Group").
Business sector and risks
Ipsos operates in the market research and public opinion sector, as well as ancillary services. As such, its supply chain for its main business operation is relatively straightforward. Management have identified data collection as the area with the greatest risk.
We are proud that the Ipsos Group was the first research business in the world to subscribe to the UN Global Compact, encouraging businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
Since 2008, the Ipsos Group has subscribed to the UN Global Compact for respecting ten universal principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and combating corruption. This commitment has also been incorporated into the Ipsos Group global policies (“The Green Book”, the Ipsos Professional Code of Conduct), and a "Book of Policies and Procedures", all of which are supplemented by a whistle-blowing procedure.
Ipsos’ “Anti-Slavery Policy” has been in place since July 2016, supplementing the requirements set out in the Ipsos Group wide policies. All staff are required to comply with the policy, and we have a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or any of our supply chains.
Ipsos has taken steps in order to reduce the risk identified in the data collection element of our business. Each third-party provider of data collection services undergoes a vetting process by Ipsos’ internal Compliance Department before being accepted as a supplier. Ipsos currently implements a strict vetting and due diligence from a modern slavery avoidance and legislative compliance perspective. As part of that, Ipsos shall consider specific due diligence around suppliers' compliance with modern slavery. Ipsos has also worked with internal teams to establish a clear process for on-boarding of suppliers and working with our in-house legal teams have ensured that suppliers contractually and legally comply with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. Ipsos ensures compliance to the Modern Slavery Act is a paramount consideration when engaging with clients as well as with respective subcontractors and third parties. Ipsos has identified that there is a low risk for non-data processing type of suppliers which Ipsos engages with, however it is worth noting that the low risk is not proportionate to the high level of due diligence and checks carried out with suppliers before they are on-boarded or engaged with by Ipsos.
In 2018, Ipsos introduced a formal requirement within its supplier agreements compelling its suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act; to implement controls to prevent modern slavery; and to notify Ipsos if they become aware of any instances of modern slavery within their business or supply chains.
Both whistleblowing and supplier oversight are seen as key performance indicators to measure Ipsos’ effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains. Key performance indicators are also discussed with any potential supplier in regard to processes and compliance with Modern Slavery Act 2015 rules and regulations as well as industry regulated guidance. Ipsos ensures that contractual documents reflect notification as well as legislative compliance requirements. Ipsos engages a hard-line approach of non-engagement and dismissal of supplier if any form of non-compliance to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is found/suspected. There have not been any incidences of non-compliance by Ipsos’ approved supply chain since the reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to the date of this statement.
Ipsos global legal teams, data privacy professionals, supply chain and procurement teams regularly discuss the requirements for enhanced and up to date due diligence of vendors. To ensure that Ipsos can confidently engage with third party vendors and suppliers, with the acknowledgment of and reflectiveness in commercial undertakings that anti-slavery is paramount.
Ipsos has issued training to its staff to enable them to better recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain. Ipsos has also asked its staff to familiarise themselves with the "Anti-Slavery Policy". Ipsos ensures all employees are kept up to date and informed of legislative updates and compliance requirements whether it is engaging with new clients or on-boarding of suppliers. Ipsos has a dedicated compliance and legal team who continually strive to have pro-active a approach to legislative compliance and ensure internal stakeholders are made fully aware of the Modern Slavery Act and the obligations Ipsos as an organisation must uphold.
This statement was approved by the Boards of Ipsos MORI UK Ltd and Ipsos (market research) Limited on 18th March 2022.
Signed by Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive Officer for Ipsos MORI UK Ltd and Ipsos (market research) Limited:
Chief Executive Officer