This statement is made on behalf of Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited and on behalf of all companies within the Smith & Williamson group, as relevant (together, “Smith & Williamson”) pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which requires organisations to publish a statement each financial year to set out the steps, if any, it has taken to protect against slavery and human trafficking.
Smith & Williamson are independent providers of investment management, accountancy, tax, corporate and financial advisory services to a range of clients, including private clients, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The Smith & Williamson group have offices in the UK, Ireland and Jersey only.
We are committed to ensuring our business and supply chain are free from any slavery or human trafficking. As we operate in the financial services sector, many of the service providers we encounter are UK-based entities. They are often themselves regulated by governing bodies such as the ICAEW, FCA or SRA and therefore our due diligence processes for these suppliers in relation to modern slavery are minimal. The other main types of service provider relate to essential office services, such as security, catering and cleaning.
Our office services are outsourced to organisations with their own due diligence procedures for employees and contractors. Our tender process for these contracts includes confirmation of the steps the potential suppliers take to ensure their businesses are free from modern slavery and human trafficking. The due diligence process includes verifying that they have sufficient policies and procedures in place to ensure fair treatment and pay of workers, adequate whistleblowing procedures and confirming that all those employed in the provision of services have the necessary documentation to legally work in the UK.
Contractors working in our premises also have the right to protection under Smith & Williamson’s whistleblowing policies.
Over the next six months, we will be undergoing a review of all material supplier contracts to assess compliance with data protection and other legislation. Included in this process will be a review of whether the terms in the agreements are satisfactory to provide us with confidence that our suppliers have sufficient procedures in place to protect against slavery or human trafficking occurring within their business and supply chain.