Modern Slavery Statement
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - slavery and human trafficking statement
This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking transparency statement for the financial year ended 31 August, 2022. This statement explains the steps that Globeducate is taking in the financial year ended 31 August 2022 to identify and reduce the risk of modern slavery occurring within our business and supply chains, and how we plan to develop enhanced policies and procedures to improve our processes going forward.
Globeducate is a family of, currently, 55 premium international schools based in nine countries around the world. Globeducate offers personalised, inspiring learning to more than 28,000 students between 2 and 18 years old. Globeducate employs around 5,000 teachers and employees globally, most of whom are based at international schools. Staff are largely directly employed and are not in any category which is generally seen to be vulnerable to modern slavery, so our focus is to ensure there are policies and procedures in place for our contractors and suppliers.
Globeducate schools use suppliers, both domestic and international, to support operations and activities. These suppliers mostly supply services relating to marketing and recruitment, venues and events, IT delivery and support, our offices and premises, agency workers and consultants, training providers, academic materials, travel and professional services. We also procure a limited amount of goods in the form of office supplies, furniture, IT hardware and other materials used in our day-to-day operations.
Policies and Processes
Globeducate is committed to combating modern slavery, and that commitment is reflected in our global policies and in the expectations we impose upon our supply chain and their respective procurement functions. In our last statement, we reported that we were developing a number of measures to help achieve this commitment. During the financial year ended 31 August 2021, Globeducate will deliver the following measures:
▪ Having an anti-slavery clause where appropriate in our centrally procured new and renewed contracts with suppliers; this requires our suppliers to certify that they are complying with the Act and associated legislation.
▪ Awareness raising with those employees who procure goods and services.
▪ The appointment of a Global Procurement Director whose role includes ensuring that we use best practice in our procurement and supply chain management. Working with our country-based team procurement managers ensuring that we used best practice in our procurement and supply chain management.
▪ Relevant due diligence checks with our suppliers and a requirement within our partnership agreements that our partners will comply with the Act and associated legislation.
We also have a wider policy framework reflecting our approach to this issue, which are reflected in particular in the following internal policies:
· Supplier Code of Conduct
· Globeducate Safeguarding Policy
· Staff Code of Conduct