Modern Slavery Act Statement

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Our Statement

Introduction

This statement is published on behalf of the Clarion Events Group (Clarion) pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Clarion’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 January 2021.

Clarion is committed to delivering high standards of corporate governance and a key element of this is managing our business in a socially responsible way. This statement sets out Clarion’s commitment to ensuring that, our business and our supply chain operates free of modern slavery in all its forms and we support the global effort to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking from business. Clarion aims to employ the highest ethical and professional standards and to comply with all local laws and regulations applicable to our business.

Organisational Structure

Clarion is one of the world’s leading event organisers, producing and delivering innovative and market-leading events since 1947. Headquartered in London, Clarion operates a portfolio of events, publications and media brands across a range of vertical markets including: Defence & Security; Digital Marketing; Electronics; Enthusiast; Energy & Resources; Fashion; Gaming; Life Sciences; Public Safety; Retail & Home; and Technology. Clarion is an international business, with employees based in offices in mature and emerging geographies.

Clarion’s ultimate parent undertaking and controlling party is The Blackstone Group Inc. (Blackstone), a company incorporated in Delaware, USA and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Blackstone is a leading global alternative asset manager.

Supply Chain

As a Group focused on delivering first class marketing, networking, media and information solutions in high value sectors, the vast majority of our businesses use a variety of third party suppliers across the Group to provide us with standard goods and services necessary to operate, which may include logistical support services, IT and office goods and services. Where Clarion enters into markets that may require additional diligence it will use appropriate measures to guard against any forms of slavery or forced labour in its supply chain. The absence of any manufacturing and/or sale of goods

The partnerships we form with suppliers, contractors, agents and other businesses and professionals are integral to Clarion’s success. Our aim is to create and maintain sustainable partnerships of mutual value and trust. Clarion expects the same high standards which we set for ourselves from those parties with whom we engage.

OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Clarion has implemented several policies and procedures, the aim of which are to help ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking do not form part of our business or supply chains, including:

Whistleblowing Policy

Clarion encourages all its workers and business associates to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of Clarion. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.

Code of Conduct

Clarion’s Code of Conduct (Code), Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Employee Handbook make clear to all employees the actions and behaviour expected of them. The Code states that employees have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of business conduct and ethics, and to speak out if they see or suspect someone of violating these standards, any Group policy, or engaging in any illegal behaviour. Our Code includes requirements to follow the principles and practices of fair employment and to respect the dignity and rights of employees and all others that we may come into contact with as part of our jobs. Clarion strives to maintain the highest standard of employee conduct and ethical behaviour.

Dignity at Work Policy

This policy is implemented to ensure that all of our employees are treated with both dignity and respect.

HR Procedures

The organisation has strict HR procedures which support the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the 'Act') to protect against modern slavery and human trafficking. This includes ensuring all our staff have appropriate right to work documents, are paid fairly and enjoy a competitive remuneration package.

Due Diligence and Areas of Risk and Risk Management

Clarion aims to periodically review the effectiveness of the relevant onboarding processes that we have in place with business partners. We aim to ensure all business partners uphold their commitments in line with our values and that we only work with companies free of any form of modern slavery in their supply chains. A screening protocol has been implemented across the majority of our Group’s business units and is designed to detect risk factors such as application of sanctions and/or involvement of politically exposed persons.

Contractual Obligations

Clarion aims to incorporate into its contracts an obligation for contracting parties to comply with all applicable laws, which includes the Modern Slavery Act where applicable. We are also currently modifying our terms of engagement for work with business partners and identifying whether additional due diligence is required to better ensure companies we work with are compliant with the requirements of the Act.  

Enforcement

In the event of the discovery of non-compliance with our policies we reserve the right to terminate our relationship with a business partner.  Employees who violate our modern slavery policies may be subject to disciplinary proceedings, up to and including dismissal.

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to review our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers and in relation to our own operations, including continued review of the obligations we require of our suppliers and training where appropriate.

 

Richard Johnson
Chief Financial Officer
Clarion Events Limited
31 January 2021