Modern Slavery Statement for the year ended 31 December 2018
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps GoCo Group plc and other relevant group companies1 (the “GoCo Group”) has taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of the business.
The GoCompare Group
GoCo Group plc operates GoCompare, a leading UK financial services, utilities and home services comparison website; MyVoucherCodes, which is a digital media and affiliate marketing specialist that connects consumers with money saving offers from the world's leading brands; Energylinx, an established energy switching and comparison service with more energy supplier relationships than any other UK comparison provider; and weflip, an innovative switching service that uses technology to automatically flip people onto cheap energy tariffs, forever (together “the Group”).
Responding to the Modern Slavery Act
The Group is committed to operating responsibly and to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. Part of this commitment is ensuring that there is no place for slavery within our businesses.
Our Supply Chains
The Group is committed to ensuring, as far as possible, that suppliers adhere to the same high standards of ethics that it embraces. As a business we have undertaken a risk assessment in relation to our supply chain and business and have updated our internal controls and due diligence processes to ensure provisions to prevent slavery and human trafficking are adhered to. Due to the nature of the Group, we have identified that the overall risk for the facilitation of modern slavery was low, due to its limited supply chain.
Policies in Relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking
In response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we have introduced an Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy that staff must read and confirm their understanding of annually. Employees are trained in this policy as well as our Freedom to Speak Up: Whistleblowing Policy that provides staff with information of what they must do should they identify a risk relating to the policy.
Our employees are encouraged to report any potential signs of slavery, human trafficking or other human rights abuses to a member of the senior leadership team or our Chief of Staff. Our employees are also aware of their rights and the protection offered by our separate Freedom to Speak Up: Whistleblowing Policy should they wish to report any malpractice or illegal acts, including suspicion of slavery, or omissions or matters of similar concern by other employees or former employers, contractors, suppliers, partners or advisers via this channel.
Training in Relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking
Training is provided at as part of induction for new members of staff and was incorporated into our annual regulatory training programme for existing staff. An elearning module was introduced to ensure all employees confirm their compliance with the Group Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy.
Risks of Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative, we are developing a risk-based approach to continually identify and assess the potential for modern slavery and human trafficking to exist in our supply chain. This is based on the types of products and services provided and the geographic location of the supplier or service provider. This approach will ensure that appropriate key supplier due diligence checks are in place.
The Directors of GoCo Group plc approved this statement on 27 February 2019. This statement is signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GoCo Group plc by:
Matthew Crummack Chief Executive Officer
1 This statement sets out the steps taken by GoCo Group plc; GoCompare.com Limited; The Global Voucher Group Limited and Energylinx Limited, which fall within the scope of section 54(2) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. Other subsidiaries of GoCo Group plc which do not fall within the scope of section 54(2) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are nevertheless required to follow the Group's guidance in this area.