Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction

Presidian Legal Publications (Presidian) is committed to protecting workers against, and maintains a zero-tolerance policy towards, modern slavery. This statement outlines actions we take to identify and address modern slavery risks in our operations and supply chain.

In this statement, modern slavery is a reference to the following types of exploitative practices:

  • forced, unpaid, under-paid, coerced, involuntary or child labour;
  • human trafficking;
  • debt bondage;
  • illegal, excessive or unfair wage deductions;
  • deceptive recruitment;
  • unsafe work environments or worker accommodation;
  • refusal to provide legally valid written employment contracts;
  • slavery-type practices similar to those listed above.

Our business

Presidian is an Australian law publisher providing legal information resources for lawyers and risk managers in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. We are a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) with a single office in Australia. We do not have overseas offices or operations. Our products comprise solely of subscription services (in loose-leaf and online formats) and compliance training courses (in online and webinar formats with participant handbooks).

Our supply chain

As an SME publisher producing solely information resources in paper and digital formats, our supply chain is short with a relatively small number of suppliers.

All goods and services that we procure fall into one of three categories:

  1. office equipment and furnishings – for example, desks, chairs, cabinets, computer hardware and software, office supplies and telecommunications devices;
  2. front and back-office functions – for example, customer services, marketing, sales, billing and accounting;
  3. production of legal information resources – for example, paper, loose-leaf folders, tabs, packaging boxes, couriers, printing, storage, web-hosting, content writing, editing and IT.

Presidian does not use labour hire contractors or unskilled labour in its workforce.

Risks in our business and supply chain

Our workforce comprises of managers, editors, writers, legal researchers and administration staff. All staff are skilled workers and are engaged in compliance with Australian labour laws.

All third-party suppliers of goods we purchase are located within Australia. As such, we do not source any goods from outside Australia (accordingly, we do not have suppliers who, for example, produce products in factories or engage unskilled labour outside Australia). Our two key suppliers of goods are our printer (of loose-leaf service materials and handbooks) and folder maker, both of which are located and produce their products within Australia. None of our suppliers of goods are assessed as being at high risk of modern slavery (for example, none are in industries known to commonly use migrant workers or to exploit unskilled labour).

Most third-party suppliers of services we purchase are located within Australia. For example, suppliers of office administration support, storage, call centre, book-keeping and tax services. Certain professional services are provided by suppliers located outside Australia, such as editing, web-hosting, accounting and IT (in the UK, Canada, USA and Switzerland), all of which are provided by professional services businesses operating skilled workforces in office-based environments.

All potential and existing suppliers are evaluated for modern slavery compliance at the time of engagement or contract renewal as part of our standard procurement processes. If a supplier is identified as being at high risk of modern slavery, they will undergo evaluation to ensure they have in place an appropriate management framework for, and are in compliance with, modern slavery standards. If they do not meet these requirements, we will not engage them or renew their contracts.

If we become aware that a supplier could potentially be in breach of modern slavery standards, we will promptly investigate and, if a breach is confirmed, immediately terminate our supply arrangements with them (and, if appropriate, report them to relevant authorities).

Overall, we assess the risk of modern slavery within our business and supply chain as low, due primarily to the narrow scope of our operations, the skilled nature of our workforce, the sourcing of all goods from within Australia (by suppliers at low risk of Modern Slavery) and all overseas all services being supplied by professional services businesses operating skilled workforces. At the same time, we remain vigilant by continuously being alert to and monitoring for the risk of Modern Slavery in our operations and supply chain.

Staff awareness and training

Our modern slavery statement is communicated to all workers. Staff who are involved in procurement and interact with suppliers undergo training to ensure modern slavery issues and standards are addressed and applied in procurement activities.

Reporting channels are in place in our organisation that enable and encourage our workers to report any concerns regarding modern slavery issues confidentially and without recrimination. Reports are required to be investigated and resolved promptly.

Going forward

Presidian recognises that addressing modern slavery issues requires on-going vigilance. We monitor and review our modern slavery policies and practices regularly to ensure they remain relevant and up-to-date with our business operations and supply chain.

 

This statement was approved by Presidian’s board of directors on 1 February 2022.