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We oppose slavery and human trafficking in all its forms and make this statement to set out the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or in our supply chains.
We are an independent, full-service commercial Scottish law firm working with clients in all key sectors of the economy. We have a broad client base of businesses, individuals and public bodies. Our annual turnover is under £36 million. Although we are not required to make a modern slavery statement under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we are making this voluntary statement to show our commitment to ethical trading principles and to set out the steps we are taking to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and in our supply chains.
Our supply chains are mainly made up of the following:
We believe that for a firm of our size, the number of suppliers we use is kept to a level where we have fostered good working relationships.
As a leading Scottish law firm, our commitment to responsible business is one that is within the spirit of the regulations with which we need to abide.
Our responsible business policies include:
We are committed to ethical trading principles and to acquiring goods and services without harm to others. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
We undertake a due diligence process for all new suppliers and sub-contractors. We have asked to see their own modern slavery statements or to positively affirm that they are not involved in slavery or human trafficking. Additionally, we have oversight arrangements and methods of supplier evaluation in place once a business relationship progresses.
As we provide legal services which are captured as part of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, we are under an obligation to carry out initial and ongoing Client Due Diligence (CDD) checks on third parties with whom we enter into agreements for the supply of services. We believe that this due diligence provides us with a deeper understanding and oversight of these parties.
We only employ agency workers through reputable employment agencies.
Given the nature of our business and consequent supply chain, MacRoberts does not consider that there is a significant risk of slavery and human trafficking.
In coming to this conclusion, we have assessed the following risk types:
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide awareness training to all employees within the firm.
While we believe the risk of slavery and human trafficking is low, the training provided serves to highlight ‘red flags’ which may be associated with instances of slavery and human trafficking.
Internal processes implemented to help ensure that modern slavery is not prevalent within the firm or our supply chain is as follows:
This voluntary slavery and human trafficking statement is made in connection with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, for the financial year ending 30 April 2022. It was approved by the Management Board in August 2022.