Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement sets out Scholastic Ltd’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement covers the financial year from 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2016 but only details the activity undertaken since the transparency provision commenced in October 2015.

Scholastic produces books and educations material to teach and inspire children. The organisation alongside its supply chains operates across the UK and globally. The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and in ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Scholastic believe in the worth and dignity of each individual and pledge to uphold the basic freedoms of all individuals; and are unalterably opposed to any system of government or society that denies these freedoms. The organisation opposes discrimination of any kind on the basis of race, creed, colour, sex, age, or national origin.

The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

  • Whistleblowing policy: The organisation encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
  • Anti-Bribery policy: The organisation is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities in the UK and overseas. This policy outlines the Company’s’ position on preventing and prohibiting bribery, in accordance with legislation. The Company will not tolerate any form of bribery by, or of, its employees, agents or consultants or any person or body acting on its behalf or any supplier
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity policy: The policy applies to the process of recruitment and selection, promotion, training, conditions of work, pay and benefits and to every other aspect of employment, including general treatment at work. Scholastic is fully committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to avoiding unlawful discrimination in employment and against its customers.
  • Dignity at Work policy: This policy strives to ensure that the work environment is free from harassment and bullying and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect including suppliers and customers. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.
  • Agency Workers policy: The organisation uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.
  • Recruitment and Selection policy: The organisation treats all candidates equally, fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process as well as ensuring compliance with legal right to work legislation.
  • Use of labour: The organisation ensures wages for labour are paid in accordance with the national minimum wage requirements.

The organisation is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics and adhere to the Scholastic Supplier Code of Conduct Policy. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where they treat workers with dignity and respect and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. The organisation works with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the Act and improve their worker’s working conditions. The organisation undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and will review a random selection of existing suppliers on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the Act and our Code of Practice.

Adequate training for Managers responsible for the organisation’s supply chain will be provided which will further aid them to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, identify any signs of slavery and human trafficking and how to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation.Scholastic has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across the organisation’s premises.