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Anti-slavery statement

At PA Consulting Group (PA) we prize our ethical approach and are committed to complying with all laws and regulations applicable to our business, including taking steps to ensure that there is no human trafficking or slavery in our supply chain or within any part of our business.

We believe the nature of what we do at PA means that the risk of human trafficking and slavery occurring in our business or in our supply chains is low. However, our continuing commitment to combatting human trafficking and slavery is reflected in our policies and operating procedures which require all PA people to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

About our organisation

PA is an innovation and transformation consultancy headquartered in London, UK. PA employs over 2,800 specialists and operates globally from offices across the Americas, Europe and the Gulf.

Our consulting model combines teams of experts - industry experts, strategists, innovators, technologists, engineers and scientists - senior people with deep insight and real market expertise to create new opportunities for our clients.

Our people are specialists in a wide range of industries, including: consumer and retail, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public sector, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing and transport, travel and logistics.

PA Consulting Group Limited is the ultimate parent company of the PA group of companies. Our principle operating subsidiary in the UK is PA Consulting Services Limited. PA Consulting Services Limited provides a range of consultancy services to clients which are delivered by its employees and by employees of PA Holdings Limited, a fellow PA group company.

Our core values

We firmly believe in a positive human future in a technology-driven world. PA is a leading consulting firm in the area of Social Responsibility and we recognise seriously it is no longer a ‘nice to do’ but an important ‘must do’ part of conducting business.

In PA, economic, social and environmental responsibility cuts across everything we do and is enshrined in our processes as good business practice.

Our success as a consulting firm is founded on a set of core values: inspired by client value, passionate about people, achieving success through shared endeavours, prizing our ethical approach, seeking to excel and creating commercial success.

Our core values commit PA and every employee to environmental stewardship, safe work environments, and socially responsible behaviour in our workplaces and our communities, as well as in the consulting services we provide to our clients.

Our code of conduct and our corporate social responsibility policy are based on these core values and drive the way we behave and govern our conduct towards our employees, our suppliers and our environmental, economic and social responsibilities.

Employment practices

PA believes respect for the dignity, rights and ambitions of all people is a cornerstone of business excellence. We treat all our people with dignity and respect and provide a productive working environment free from discrimination, victimisation, coercive pressure, bullying and harassment, and we treat all employees equitably, regardless of local economic conditions, traditions and cultures.

We are committed to recruiting from a diverse talent pool and we invest care, time and effort to attract and hire our people and support them in reaching their maximum potential.

We are a UK Living Wage accredited employer and we use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and verify the practices of any new agency before accepting workers from that agency.

Since 2007 we have been a member of the UN Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for business that aims to align members’ operations and strategies with the internationally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Supplier selection

PA supports sustainable procurement methods, whether prescribed by legislation or through our own policies. As well as the traditional procurement benchmarking criteria of price and quality, we support the ‘triple bottom line’ ideology and considers social, environmental and economic factors in the procurement decision-making process.

We choose suppliers on the basis of fair and transparent principles and we expect all our suppliers to abide by our code of conduct while they are working with PA. Our supplier diversity policy helps ensure that the contracts that PA places with suppliers provide value for money, and that a diverse range of suppliers have fair opportunity to compete for and win new work.

Our policy is to place contracts with suppliers who adopt sustainable practices in line with appropriate international and local guidelines and standards. We assess our suppliers’ compliance with these standards via our supplier pre-qualification questionnaire which includes mandatory sections on compliance with laws and regulations, including the Modern Slavery Act.

Feedback and whistle-blowing

We encourage people across PA to take active responsibility for improving our performance, whether through enhancing working practices or drawing attention to behaviours or other issues that give them concern. To encourage feedback and suggestions, PA has introduced procedures and mechanisms to create a culture that allows people to speak up with confidence and in good faith in the expectation of being heard.

PA regularly conducts employee surveys which inform our people plans, and provides all employees with access to a ‘Give PA your suggestions’ facility. Employees and third parties, including clients and suppliers, can also raise concerns through a confidential and anonymous whistle-blowing helpline that is operated externally.

Our employees are able to raise concerns anonymously through a confidential whistle-blowing helpline that is operated by an external firm. Third parties, including clients and suppliers, can similarly provide feedback (anonymously or named) through PA’s external website.

This statement is made by PA Consulting Group Limited and its subsidiaries pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by the PA Consulting Group Limited Board of Directors on 21 March 2019.

Alan Middleton
Chief Executive Officer
PA Consulting Group Limited

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