Slavery is defined as ownership exercised over a person or where individuals are coerced into providing their services or do so under threat of a penalty. Human trafficking is defined as arranging or facilitating the travel of individuals with a view to exploiting them.
Slavery and human trafficking are acknowledged to be a global problem. BDP is committed to taking steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or supply chains.
Our commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking extends to all individuals working for BDP at all levels and grades, including Directors, senior managers, staff, consultants, contractors, seconded staff, agency staff, agents or any other person associated with us or any of our subsidiaries or their employees as part of our supply chain, in those locations where we have a studio.
BDP is a major international practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists founded in 1961. Our multi‐disciplinary teams produce integrated, holistic and sustainable design solutions across a wide range of sectors including education, healthcare, heritage, housing, leisure and culture, retail, science, research and technology, sport, transport, urbanism and workplace.
Working from several locations in the UK and studios in Dublin, Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and New Delhi, in March 2016, BDP combined forces with Japan’s leading engineering practice Nippon Koei to form an integrated design group of genuine international reach.
Sharing a philosophy which places an emphasis on design integrity, customer service and community support and engagement, the combined company provides a unique combination of deep technical skills in architecture, engineering and the full range of design disciplines.
While Nippon Koei and BDP retain their existing operations and their own brand identity, their complementary geographical footprints and technical skills mean that they are able to work collaboratively to win and deliver integrated design solutions across international markets.
Our procedures for selecting sub‐consultants, service providers and suppliers align with our commitment to equality, diversity and human rights, including our commitment to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking does not take place within our business or supply chain.
We use pre‐qualification checklists when selecting potential sub‐consultants and suppliers and when reviewing our existing supply chain partners. The checklists align with our own values and standards, for example our sub‐consultants’ pre‐qualification checklist covers all aspects of policy and business activities, including specific questions relating to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We also monitor our sub‐consultants’ operations to ensure that they comply with the required standards.
Our Premises Managers monitor those companies providing goods and services to BDP e.g. catering and stationery suppliers. A schedule of suppliers is reviewed and updated on an annual basis using a standard review checklist which includes the suppliers’ policy with regards to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
In the event that a contractor, consultant, agency or other member of our supply chain was suspected of engaging in or supporting slavery or human trafficking an investigation would be undertaken and, if necessary, our relationship with that supplier would terminate.
Action in this area would be driven by our Chief Executive, who is fully supported by the BDP Board of Directors and the Executive Management Group.
The BDP leadership team in each location is responsible for communicating this policy to employees within their own studio and for ensuring understanding by conducting training where necessary. The Leadership teams are also responsible for investigation and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking.
The BDP Process Director is responsible for ensuring that reviews and risk assessments are undertaken and the results analysed across all BDP offices.
The BDP Chief Executive is responsible for reviewing the policy annually and for assessing if particular activities or countries are high risk in relation to slavery and human trafficking, through annual reviews with Studio Leaders and the BDP Process Director.
This statement has been approved by BDP’s Board of Directors.
24 October 2016