We are extremely proud of our reputation for acting fairly and ethically wherever we do business. This reputation is built on our company values, the values of our employees, and our collective commitment to acting with integrity throughout our organisation.
We wholeheartedly condemn corruption in all its forms and will not tolerate it in our business or in any business we work with. We also wholeheartedly condemn modern forms of slavery – such as forced or compulsory labour or human trafficking – in our business or supply chains.
We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our business and in our approach to tackling these issues, and we expect the same standards from our contractors and suppliers. The Hachette UK Employee Handbook and Code of Conduct sets out the behaviour we expect of our staff.
We are also committed to sourcing products sustainably and to communicating our expectations clearly to our suppliers so that, together, we can produce our content in the best possible way for both the planet and the people involved.
Our board of directors is responsible for ensuring that this statement is upheld and that adequate resources are made available for its effective implementation. The senior management teams of each division are responsible for ensuring that all specific arrangements are understood and implemented, and that staff are given adequate and regular training on anti-bribery and corruption and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
Responsibility for matters covered by the Bribery Act is delegated to Divisional Finance Directors, while the Divisional Production Directors are responsible for matters covered by the Modern Slavery Act.
Please see links to our specific policies below: