Litera’s Statement Against Modern Slavery
Workshare Limited trading as Litera (“Litera”) offer this statement on slavery, forced labour, and human trafficking (“modern slavery”) pursuant to UK Modern Slavery Act (‘the Act’). Litera is committed to treating all workers with respect and dignity and ensuring safe working conditions.
Business, Organizational Structure and Supply Chain
Litera is the result of more than 25 years of experience delivering innovative document technology solutions to legal, corporate, and life sciences organizations across the globe. Litera is the world’s leading power provider of legal workflow and workspace technology. Hundreds of organizations around the globe trust Litera to help their legal teams draft, collaborate and manage their work, so they can focus more time on what really matters to the people they serve.
We do not manufacture goods, operate factories or handle raw material or commodities. Our primary supply chain categories are in corporate services and technology. Litera does not tolerate slavery, forced labor, child labor or human trafficking in any form and we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. At a minimum we expect our vendors and their supply chain to fully comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the conduct of their business, including to slavery, forced labor, child labor and human trafficking. Additionally, we expect our vendors to meet applicable guidelines pertaining to wages and employment practices.
Employment Policies and Training
Litera maintains employment and personnel contracts and policies that comply with relevant employment laws and promote our culture of decency and respect. These policies include are addressed in our Employee Handbook. Litera provides equal opportunities in employment and employees are treated fairly regardless of any protected characteristics such as age, marital status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, disability, race, nationality and religion and belief.
Our anti-discrimination, compensation and conduct-related policies demonstrate the importance which we place on fair treatment of our people. Relevant policies are strengthened through regular diversity and inclusion training. Any conduct from an employee which fails to conform to these standards will always be treated seriously and investigated and dealt with under our disciplinary policy.
We invest in the health and wellbeing of our staff, providing a range of wellness-related resources and internal programs.
We ensure that our people are trained on our business standards and culture, so that policies and procedures are appropriately implemented. Our employees receive training on human rights-related issues, including but not limited to equal employment opportunity and diversity. We remind and encourage all staff to identify potential violations in these areas and report any concerns about any of the matters covered in this training or in our internal policies.
Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Risk Management and Due Diligence
Whilst we believe we are a low-risk business (due to the fact we do not manufacture goods, operate factories or handle raw materials), we nonetheless have assessed and continue to assess where there may be any human rights risks involved in our business and supply chains. The key areas where our business is likely to have an impact upon these issues are the following: our approach to data, our internal policies, our supply chain, our technology, our network, and our approach to our own workforce. In order to manage our impact in these areas, we will continue to make periodic assessments of the human rights impact we are having.
We require that suppliers are committed to, and have respect for, the protection and preservation of human rights. While it is the obligation of each supplier to define its policy and approach to the issues of human rights, supplier’s values and business principles must be coherent with that of Litera.
Litera recognizes and takes very seriously its responsibility to help protect and preserve human rights around the world.
As we apply the highest ethical standards to our work and amongst our suppliers, our internal processes are designed to ensure that we, and those in our supply chain, are taking the measures required to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place.
Our employees are obligated to report immediately any business conduct or other conduct of which they become aware that might raise a legal or ethical issue. To encourage reporting, we provide several internal reporting channels for dealing with potential adverse matters on a divisional basis.
In order to assess our effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our business or supply chains, we will consider any reports made alongside the outcome of our periodic assessments (referred to above) to understand the impact we and our business and supply chains are having.
We have assessed our effectiveness over the years in dealing with any human rights issues and will continue to do so going forward.
We will continue to engage with our people and our vendors and suppliers to raise awareness and to take further steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place within our business and our supply chain.
This Statement is made pursuant to the Act for the year 2020 has been approved by and behalf of our Board of Directors.
Director, Workshare Limited
Signed in November 2021