This statement is a response to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps SAGE Publishing is taking to ensure that slavery is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
SAGE is committed to maintaining and developing our processes to tackle slavery and human trafficking violations related to our own operations, our supply chain, and our products. We have zero tolerance towards slavery and require our supply chain to comply with our values.
SAGE is one of the world's leading independent academic and professional publishers. We publish more than 1,000 journals, more than 800 books a year, reference works and electronic products covering business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.
Most of our suppliers are based in the UK, the US and India. The bulk of our supply chain consists of:
This statement covers SAGE UK, India and USA.
Due to the majority of our supply chain being based in the UK, US and in lower risk sectors such as web based services our exposure to risk is low. Our greatest potential exposures to the risk of modern slavery are in the part of our supply chain which deals with print media, in particular when it comes to the handling of paper-based materials; and in operations we undertake in the higher risk country of India. Our key areas of focus are:
Direct risk: print and information technology suppliers based in India, a country with a high level of modern slavery risk
Indirect risk: paper mills, ink manufacturers and the sourcing of timber
Our policies and contractual controls
We have the following policies to set the direction and manage modern slavery in our supplier base:
To manage the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain we carry out the following steps:
To assess the effectiveness of our approach we review our processes and the results from our checks on an annual basis.
Key members of the organisation who oversee sourcing and manage our supply chain have received training from an external consultant specialising in this area. This training covers an introduction to modern slavery in the publishing industry, upskilling them on our approach and policies as well as how to carry out a supplier risk screening.
Our focus this year is to continue to ensure that our checks are working effectively and have been embedded into our current practices. We are looking to broaden the number of managers who have been trained to further embed procedures within the business. We will review our approach towards the end of our financial year to understand whether our procedures can be further refined or improved.
This Modern Slavery Statement was approved by the SAGE Publishing UK Senior Management Group on 28th March 2019.
Richard Fidczuk, Global Journals Production Director, SAGE Publishing UK