Modern Slavery Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to set out the steps taken by Pitch International LLP and its subsidiaries and associated companies (together “Pitch”) to prevent modern slavery in its business and supply chains.
The term “modern slavery” used in this statement includes slavery, servitude, any type of forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. References to "we", "us" or "our" in this statement are to the Pitch.
Pitch is an industry-leading sports marketing agency. Proudly partnering some of the world’s most prestigious sporting organisations, Pitch is renowned for its representation of global media rights, management and delivery of elite events, independent production of critically-acclaimed sports films and the provision of a full representation service to professional athletes.
Our staff are largely directly employed at our offices in London, are paid above the relevant minimum wage requirements and we place great emphasis on the fair and equal treatment of all our staff. Our staff are therefore not considered to be vulnerable to modern slavery, so our focus has been on identifying and mitigating any risks existing in our relationships with suppliers and contractors.
SUPPLY CHAIN & DUE DILIGENCE
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. Over the last year we have assessed the supply chains within the various divisions of our business. Our suppliers consist primarily of service providers whose employees have qualifications and skills that are unlikely to be exploited through forced labour. We assess the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business to be low, but we are aware of the need to remain vigilant in this area.
To ensure all contractors and those in our supply chain comply with our values, all individuals responsible for engaging third party contractors and/or suppliers are aware of, and implement, our principles of responsible sourcing. Any suppliers which may represent a risk of modern slavery are required to satisfy us that they do not tolerate modern slavery. Our due diligence may include on-site inspections, ongoing audits, assessment of their policies, procedures and values and relevant contractual assurances.
TRAINING & REPORTING
This year we have provided advice and guidance to those who have direct responsibility for the higher risk supply chains within our events team.
If, after the completion of the relevant due diligence process, any concerns remain, or if any instances of modern slavery within our supply chains are uncovered, managers shall escalate such concerns to the Legal Team. Appropriate action will be taken, prioritising the safest outcome for any victims or potential victims. There have been no reported instances of modern slavery to date.
Over the course of the next financial year we will look to roll-out more comprehensive training to all members of staff and continue to enhance our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.
This statement constitutes our modern slavery statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2020. We will continue to assess the effectiveness of the measures we take and to review and update our procedures in relation to modern slavery.
This statement has been approved by the partners of Pitch International LLP and signed on their behalf.
Jon Youell, Partner
Pitch International LLP
3 February 2021