Modern slavery

Channel Four Modern Slavery Statement

Channel 4 are a UK based Public Service Broadcaster. We employ over 800 people in the UK and work with a predominantly UK, service based, supply chain of over 3,800 suppliers.

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out measures taken by Channel 4 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chain.

Channel 4 takes a zero tolerance approach to slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, or human trafficking, within our own organisation or within our supply chain.

All Channel 4 staff, and particularly those involved in recruitment, procurement or supply chain management, exercise diligence and judgement to ensure that the risk of non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act is minimised.

Channel 4’s Code of Conduct includes guidance to all staff on Modern Slavery, and a Speak Up facility is available to all staff to raise concerns. We provide mandatory online training to all Channel 4 staff on or Code of Conduct, Speak Up facility, and a specific module on Modern Slavery risk. We have provided focused training on Modern Slavery to key business areas, such as Procurement.

We complete an annual assessment of Modern Slavery risk in our supply chain, and risk assess our suppliers for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act, for example using factors such as sector and geography risk. 

Our approach to Modern Slavery is also clearly communicated to our programme and online content suppliers through the Channel 4 Producers Handbook which also includes a Speak Up facility for producers.

We perform due diligence to consider whether a supplier is based in or has activities in a country where there is a high risk of slavery, and gain assurance that slavery is not taking place.

We have implemented standard supplier contract wording on Modern Slavery, which includes audit rights.

Our anti – Modern Slavery policy and procedures will be subject to regular review and revision, reflecting the evolving business and supply chain and to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

The Board