Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement

October 2018

The following statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2016/17. This statement should be read alongside the [Immediate Media Company Code of Business Conduct] (“Code of Business Conduct”) and the [Immediate Media Company Ethical Policy] (“Ethical Policy”).

Our story

Immediate Media Company (“Immediate”) is the award-winning special interest content and platform company. Our fast-growing, multi-platform media business is home to over 1,300 people across eight divisions. We own and operate some of the best-loved brands in the UK, engaging over 18 million passionate consumers each month, offering them world-class content and innovative new products and services.

Our commitment and policies

Immediate is proud of its commitment to ensuring a high standard of ethical trade practices, including the provision of safe working conditions and the protection of workers’ rights, across its global businesses.
Our business has long conducted its procurement activity in accordance with the provisions of its Ethical Policy, which reflects the international standards set out in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions.
For many years, we have required suppliers to observe the Ethical Policy and the Code of Business Conduct and to demonstrate a similar commitment to an ongoing programme of ensuring (and, where necessary, improving) ethical and compliant corporate and supply practices. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethical Policy form part of all of our supply contracts and can be found in links at the foot of the homepage of our corporate website.
As Immediate has invested in both organic growth and growth by means of acquisition, these fundamental values have been brought into play in all parts of its business. All parts of Immediate’s business are in compliance with the Code of Business Conduct. All parts of Immediate’s business are in compliance with or actively working towards the full implementation of the Ethical Policy.

Our responsibilities

Key staff have been identified within our business and tasked with primary responsibility for understanding, assessing and monitoring the risk within our business of modern slavery and human trafficking. Those staff include our Production Director, our Group Production and Sustainability Manager, our Buying Managers (for each of Youth and Children’s, Jewellery Maker and Sewing Quarter) and our Facilities Manager.
Many of our key suppliers are subject to regular ethical audit, which includes independent investigations into the protection of workers’ rights and prevention of slavery or human trafficking.

Our actions

Any concerns relating to slavery or human trafficking must be reported promptly to Immediate’s Production Director, Director of Legal Affairs and Chief Financial Officer. You can reach them by emailing legal@immediate.co.uk.

Immediate continues to work with its industry peers, through the Professional Publishers’ Association, to remain exponents of best practice.

This statement has been approved by Immediate Media Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Signed:  Tom Bureau, CEO