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Annual slavery and human trafficking statement – Modern Slavery Act 2015

Ecclesiastical statement for 2016

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within both its business and supply chains, and expects those same high standards from its suppliers.

  • Opening statement from senior management

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    “Working together the business community can make a real impact on the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. If we all uphold the highest standards, and put pressure on our networks of suppliers and partners to do the same, we can make a big difference.

    I’m pleased to say that the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group is committed to complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be looking for ways to continually improve the standards and practice in our supply chains.”

    Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive

  • Structure of organisation

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    Ecclesiastical is a specialist financial services group providing insurance, broking and advisory and investment products and services.

    The business is predominantly UK-based with overseas operations in Canada, Australia and Ireland. Over 900 people are directly employed and the business turnover is c£350m. Find out more about our business and the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group here

    Our UK supply chain is managed centrally by a team of procurement specialists within our Finance and Claims departments. Supply chain relationships for our overseas businesses are managed locally.

  • Policies, due diligence and risk

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    The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group expects and requires that each of its suppliers conduct business in a lawful and ethical manner. We have a Procurement, Purchasing and Outsourcing Policy which we adhere to in order to ensure all suppliers, whether they are being centrally or locally managed, go through the appropriate checks and scrutiny so that they are aware of and subscribe to our expectations, standards and procedures.  

    Specifically relevant to our compliance with the Code we:

    - Include modern slavery risk as part of due diligence at renewal for all relevant suppliers
    - Specifically include modern slavery risk as part of due diligence for all UK Claims suppliers
    - Ask new suppliers if they match our commitment to pay the Living Wage.

    As a provider of financial services we do not operate in a sector which we consider to be particularly susceptible to modern slavery practices such as forced labour or exploitation for example, nor do we purchase goods or services from organisations which we would associate with modern slavery or human trafficking.

    Nevertheless, we regularly evaluate the nature and extent of our exposure to risk in our supply chain and modern slavery will be included in that evaluation going forward.

  • Sign off

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    This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1 January 2016 and ending 31 December 2016.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.