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Slavery and human trafficking 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 the risk of human trafficking or 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

We are an innovation and transformation consultancy with over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe and the Nordics.

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 believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

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.

These core values commit PA and every one of our people 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 our core values and drive the way we behave and govern our conduct towards our people, our suppliers and our environmental, economic and social responsibilities.

Employment practices

At PA we are committed to the equal treatment of all and we treat all our people with dignity and respect, providing a productive working environment free from discrimination, victimisation, coercive pressure, bullying and harassment.

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

Economic responsibility is enshrined in our core values and our business processes. 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 consider 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.  We encourage our suppliers to adopt best practices in terms of human rights and diversity and we assess this through 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 and practices and drawing attention to behaviour 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.

Our people and third parties 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 20 May 2020.

Alan Middleton
Chief Executive Officer
PA Consulting Group Limited

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