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FY18 Modern Slavery Statement

ZPG Limited 

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the 2018 Financial Year 

We have published this statement in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) on behalf of ZPG Limited and its subsidiaries* (“we”, “us” or “our”). It sets out the steps we have taken during the year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business generally.

Our Structure, Business and Supply Chain 

We own and operate some of the UK's most trusted digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation,  Money.co.uk, Bankrate, Property Software Group and Hometrack. 

We create value by investing in marketing our brands and growing our audience and by developing the best products and platforms to engage our consumers and partners. 

Consumers increasingly use and rely on our platforms in search of real‐time information about the property and comparison markets. Similarly, property professionals and home services suppliers use our platforms to reach a  transaction‐ready audience and market their products and services

Our supply chains include the following: 

  • People: recruitment and training services.  
  • Marketing: media advertising and market research services.  
  • Professional services: advisory and consultancy services.  
  • Facilities: maintenance and cleaning services.  
  • Technology: external data centres, data providers, IT infrastructure, hardware providers, cyber security services and software suppliers. 

Our Policies in relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking 

We respect human rights and the integrity of individuals. We comply with all relevant laws in the way we run our business. 

We have in place a whistleblowing policy which applies to all of our employees, officers, consultants, casual workers, and agency workers.  This  “Speak  Up” policy encourages everyone working for us to report any malpractice or illegal acts, including suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking, or omissions or matters of similar concern by other employees or former employees, contractors, suppliers, partners or advisers using a  prescribed reporting procedure. 

We engage an external and independent third party based in the UK to provide a reporting facility for individuals to bring areas of concern to our attention in a secure and confidential manner. This facility includes access to a  24/7 confidential whistleblowing telephone line. 

We are also committed to conducting business ethically and lawfully and this includes ensuring, as far as possible, that any third parties who act for us share this commitment. The  Company’s  “Working with Third Parties” policy is in place to help to identify and mitigate risks associated with the third parties who may perform services for or on behalf of us. This includes guidance on undertaking appropriate due diligence on existing or prospective third parties based on identifiable risks. 

*ZPG Limited, Zoopla Limited and uSwitch fall within the scope of section 54(2) of the Act 

We have group‐wide template clauses which are included in appropriate contracts which allow contracting parties to formally acknowledge, commit to and abide by applicable anti‐slavery and human trafficking legislation.

Due Diligence and Contracting Practices 

We conduct due diligence on our suppliers by requesting information from them (which includes information about the steps they take to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains). We keep our due diligence process under constant review, and it was last reviewed and updated in April
2019.

We consider suppliers’ responses to our due diligence requests as part of our decision‐making processes when it comes to using new suppliers. We take appropriate action and, if necessary, delay or cancel appointing a new supplier unless the supplier’s systems and controls are satisfactory

Assessing and Managing Risk

Due to the nature of our businesses, our supply chains are limited and we operate with only a small number of suppliers.

Nevertheless, we select some of our suppliers based on ethical certifications (some of which – for example, the Fairtrade certification – impose obligations on suppliers to eliminate modern slavery). These suppliers must provide evidence of their ethical certification before we conclude contracts with them.

We also seek contractual assurances from suppliers in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking compliance, particularly where those suppliers operate in, or make us part of, supply chains which present higher risks of modern slavery or human trafficking.

Training
We have continued to provide advice and guidance to the relevant commercial teams with direct responsibility for entering into supplier contracts. We will be introducing specific modern slavery and human trafficking guidance into our induction documents for new joiners.

Approval
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company on 11 June 2019.

 

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FY17 Modern Slavery Statement

ZPG Limited (Company)

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the Financial Year 2017

This statement has been published in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps taken by the Company and the rest of its group companies during the year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains and or in any part of its business.

Structure, Business and Supply Chain

The Company owns and operates some of the UK's most-trusted digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, money.co.uk, Property Software Group and Hometrack. The Company creates value by investing in marketing its brands and growing its audience and by developing the best products and platforms for its consumers and partners to engage with.

Consumers increasingly use and rely on the Company’s platforms in search of real-time information about the property and comparison markets. Similarly, property professionals and home services suppliers increasingly rely on the Company’s platforms to reach a transaction-ready audience and market their products and services.

Due to the nature of the Company’s businesses, its supply chain is limited and it operates with only a small number of suppliers.

Policies in relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Company respects human rights and the integrity of individuals and complies with all relevant laws in the way it runs its business. 

The Company has in place a whistleblowing policy which encourages employees to report any malpractice or illegal acts, including suspicion of modern slavery, or omissions or matters of similar concern by other employees or former employees, contractors, suppliers, partners or advisers using a prescribed reporting procedure.

The Company is committed to conducting business ethically and lawfully and this includes ensuring, as far as possible, that any third parties who act for the Company share this commitment. The Company’s “Working with Third Parties” policy is in place to help to identify and mitigate risks associated with the third parties who may perform services for or on behalf of the Company. This includes undertaking due diligence in potential acquisition situations.

Due Diligence Processes

The Company conducts a due diligence process with partners which requests information from partners and third parties.

Partners are requested to provide their internal policies (including Modern Slavery policy/statement) and accounting information. If policies and/or accounting information is not adequate the Company will take appropriate action and if necessary, hold back on-boarding a partner until their systems and controls are satisfactory, or refuse to work with a partner altogether.

Approval

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company on 22 May 2018.