Hearst UK, the trading name of The National Magazine Company Limited, recognises its legal and moral obligations to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is committed to operating its business responsibly.
The Modern Slavery Act requires companies to explain on an annual basis how they address the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking in their global supply chains.
This statement sets out the steps Hearst UK has taken to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chain or any part of the business and to eliminate as far as is possible the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within our organisation.
Hearst UK was established in 1910 by William Randolph Hearst, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst. Hearst UK publishes 18 magazine brands and three pureplay digital brands including Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy, ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar. Hearst also owns Hearst UK Limited (formerly Hearst - Rodale UK Limited) which publishes leading health and wellbeing publications Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World. It is the largest digital magazine publisher in the UK with a digital audience of 20 million monthly unique users and it reaches one in four UK online adults, one in three UK women and one in four UK online men. It speaks to 22 million fans and followers on social media.
We produce high quality publications, operate advertising, sales and events business and with suppliers produce branded merchandise. Our organisation has a global reach, with our magazines being distributed all over the world.
OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
Hearst UK is committed to ensuring that all our products are responsibly sourced. We procure services from a wide variety of providers which include the manufacturing of our publishing, video and digital content and our non-magazine products such as branded merchandise. Our supply chains include suppliers of paper, merchandise and event spaces, IT and other office equipment, and other services including office cleaning and facilities, and professional services from our lawyers, accountants and other advisors.
OUR POLICIES ON MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Our opposition to modern slavery and human trafficking is reflected in our guiding principles and reflects our commitment to acting with empathy in our business relationships, ensuring that we are applying the necessary controls within our organisation to endeavour to minimise the risk of modern slavery and human rights violations across our business operations and supply chains.?
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES /AREAS OF RISK AND MANAGEMENT
We have undertaken an analysis of the company’s internal policies to ensure that they uphold our desire to respect and protect human rights with regard to modern day slavery and will identify and engage with any suppliers which fall into a higher risk category. Categories and services which may be of a higher risk of modern slavery will be identified based on a calculated risk assessment.? This will include governance and risk mapping which will take into account the location, spend and product or services of the supplier. As a result of this assessment our action points include but are not limited to managing our supplier terms and condition to ensure they include information on modern slavery and human trafficking.
SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES AND ETHICS
Hearst does not accept modern slavery and human trafficking and we have in place processes when working with suppliers to:
- Conduct a risk assessment of a new supplier and its supply chains before agreeing to any engagement with that supplier, including considering its location, our spend and the product group and any risks raised of modern slavery or human trafficking;
- Monitor supply chains and where appropriate audit suppliers once they have been engaged; and
- Require all manufacturing suppliers to agree to Hearst’s terms of conduct within their supply agreements, which include a requirement to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
To ensure a wider understanding across the business of the dangers and risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and in our supply chains, we provide training to our staff as well as requesting that our business partners provide training to their staff and suppliers.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Hearst UK’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending as approved by the Board on 31 December 2015.
James D Wildman
President and Chief Executive Officer