This statement is published on behalf of Greenberg Traurig, LLP pursuant to section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes our modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2020.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (“GT”) is the London office of the global firm Greenberg Traurig, with over 80 lawyers providing legal services to a broad range of clients in the UK and across the globe.
GT is committed to the highest standards of ethical, moral and legal business conduct. To that end, we have in place practices that combat slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking (collectively referred to as "Modern Slavery") within our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Our Anti-Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to seek to ensure Modern Slavery is not taking place in our supply chains. This is supplemented by the due diligence procedures we have in place to ensure that risks arising from Modern Slavery or corrupt conduct in relation to our suppliers are identified in a timely manner and managed appropriately in keeping with our policies. In particular, GT will not purchase goods or services from any supplier that is found to be engaging in human trafficking or using slave labour.
As a regulated provider of legal services and employer of predominantly professionally qualified and highly skilled people, the risk of modern slavery within our business is considered low. We apply robust policies and procedures in relation to employment screening (including work eligibility checks) and employment conditions.
Our business is predominantly office-based and we have a relatively simple and limited supply chain supporting these operations. On occasion, we may engage the services of counsel, economists or other specialist advisors or experts to assist us in the provision of our legal services. We may also need to make use of temporary staff, document management and review providers, technology solutions and other support services directly linked to the provision of legal advice. In addition, we purchase a range of products and services from third party suppliers. This ranges from project-specific support (e.g. in connection with an office move) to everyday operational support (e.g. facilities management services – catering, cleaning, pest control and maintenance of equipment – and business travel).
The process by which we identify and select our suppliers differs depending on the nature of the services and products they are providing and may be influenced by the length and value of the contract. A risk-based approach is used to determine the level of due diligence appropriate to be undertaken.
We have taken steps to ensure that all those at GT involved in procurement have the knowledge and understanding to recognise the key issues and risks and how these are to be addressed.
To date, we have not identified any occurrence of modern slavery in our supply chain, nor have we identified any risks of modern slavery that we have not been able to resolve through additional due diligence or engagement with the supplier.
Our modern slavery policy requires anyone who becomes aware of or suspects modern slavery in our business or supply chains to report it and assures them of appropriate confidentiality.
We will continue to make efforts to identify any significant risks in our business and supply chain and implement any actions appropriate or necessary directly with suppliers.
This statement has been approved by the Management Committee of Greenberg Traurig, LLP on behalf of its members.
15th February 2021