EBSCO Human Trafficking Statement

Modern Slavery Act Statement – FY17

Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps EBSCO International, Inc. (UK Branch) has taken during the previous financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or any part of our business.

EBSCO UK recognises that it has a responsibility to take a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. 

The organisation is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Company structure and supply chain overview

EBSCO UK is a provider of subscription and information services to libraries and organizations worldwide. Our business has three primary components:

Subscription and book agent services, where EBSCO UK functions as an intermediary between publishers and organizations who purchase content produced by publishers.
Reselling of published content that is packaged for sale to academic, corporate and medical institutions.
Development of software as a service, which is sold to academic, corporate and medical institutions worldwide.

In both the agent and reseller roles, EBSCO UK works within a fairly shallow supply chain involving content producers, publishers and the purchasers of content. The vast majority of publications supplied in both scenarios come from large commercial organizations in Europe or North America, or from smaller academic organizations who consume content from writers seeking to be published; the opportunity for involvement of slave labor or human trafficking violations is minimal.

Internal Compliance

EBSCO UK's internal policies are compliant with current human rights and employment law legislation and are regularly reviewed and amended in accordance with any statutory changes.  We have also taken steps to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking amongst our employees through displaying posters and making literature available on our computer network.  Individuals are encouraged to report any suspected human trafficking or modern slavery internally to a trusted manager or work representative or to relevant external agencies. This previous financial year, we incorporated an anti-slavery policy into our employee handbook.

Supply Chain and Due Diligence

This previous financial year, EBSCO UK began an initial supply chain audit to place within our supply chain.  The audit focused on reviewing the required statements of our suppliers who are subject to the Act.  In the future, we expect to increase the scope of our supplier audit and to implement a supplier code of conduct that would be made available to all suppliers.

EBSCO UK also recognizes its responsibility as a supplier to our customers.  In light of this, we are incorporating language highlighting our zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and encouraging our customers to follow our approach.

Approval

This statement has been approved by the EBSCO International, Inc.’s board of directors, who will review and update it annually.