Modern Slavery Statement
This statement is made in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes UKTV's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2018. This statement applies to UKTV Media Holdings Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries from time to time, including UKTV Media Limited.
UKTV is a commercial multichannel broadcaster operating in the UK and the Republic of Ireland via pay, free-to-air and digital platforms under eight imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama and Eden. Now celebrating over 25 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV is part of BBC Studios, a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.
In relation to our broadcast output, our supply chain consists mainly of other TV broadcasters and independent production companies that provide us with the shows that we broadcast across our various channels. We also deal with manufacturers of merchandise used for marketing purposes, as well as suppliers of technology and office equipment, and other services in relation to our broadcast and digital platforms.
Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. At UKTV we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and will not do business with any supplier that we suspect might engage in modern slavery. We are committed to having in place systems and controls that are designed to ensure that modern slavery does not take place in our business or in our supply chain.
We comply with all applicable laws in relation to recruiting and employing individuals to work for UKTV, and in practice we go further than the law requires. In 2016 UKTV became the first broadcaster to be included in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For.
When engaging third party suppliers we identify where there may be a higher risk of modern slavery taking place. Where appropriate we carry out due diligence on suppliers to gauge their approach to combatting modern slavery. This may include obtaining SEDEX members ethical trade audit (SMETA) reports. We ensure that our contracts with higher risk suppliers include appropriate provisions prohibiting such suppliers from engaging in any form of modern slavery.
When considering investing in other companies we carry out due diligence in relation to their approach to modern slavery, and we include undertakings around modern slavery in the transaction documents.
We also have in place a dedicated whistleblowing policy so that all members of staff know that they can report any concerns in total confidence.
UKTV is committed to continual review of its processes, policies and practices in relation to modern slavery, and this statement will be reviewed and updated annually.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of UKTV Media Holdings Limited.