Ipsos MORI’s 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 MORI 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 MORI represents: Ipsos MORI UK Ltd and Market & Opinion Research International Ltd.
Furthermore, Ipsos MORI 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 MORI 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.
Ipsos Group was the first research business in the world to subscribe to the UN Global Compact.
Since 2008 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 is supplemented by a whistle-blowing procedure.
Ipsos MORI’s “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. 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.
In order to reduce the risk identified in the data collection element of Ipsos MORI’s business, each 3rd party provider of data collection services undergoes a vetting process by Ipsos MORI’s internal Compliance Department before being accepted as a supplier. This initial vetting is then supplemented by random audits. Ipsos MORI is introducing a specific clause in its template supplier agreements requiring its suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act; to implement controls to prevent modern slavery; and to notify Ipsos MORI 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 MORI’s effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains.
Ipsos MORI is considering training certain staff to enable them to better recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain.
This statement was approved by the Boards of Ipsos MORI UK Ltd and Market & Opinion Research International Ltd.