Australia's 2020 Modern Slavery Transparency Statement
The Bank of New York Mellon
This modern slavery statement covers the activities of The Bank of New York Mellon (ARBN 084 066 419) and its owned and controlled entities (“BNY Mellon”) for the year ended 31 December 2020. This is our first modern slavery statement under the Australia Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the “Modern Slavery Act”) and sets out the actions we have taken to assess and address modern slavery and human trafficking risks in our operations and supply chains.
This statement has been approved by the Board of The Bank of New York Mellon on February 8, 2021.
At BNY Mellon, we have a long-standing culture of “Doing What’s Right". We believe that transparency and accountability promote healthy, stable financial markets, and are intended to help us achieve the highest of standards and continue to progress and evolve our social and ethical responsibilities.
BNY Mellon is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a Delaware corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbol: BK), is a global company headquartered in New York, United States. BNY Mellon is registered as a foreign company in Australia (ARBN 084 066 419). BNY Mellon has a number of owned and controlled entities. BNY Mellon has approximately 76 subsidiaries. The majority of the subsidiaries are located in United States, Europe, and Asia and operate within countries including London, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong.
BNY Mellon and its broader group provides investment management, investment services and wealth management advice to clients all over the world. At BNY Mellon, we help our clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. As of September 30, 2020, the BNY Mellon group had USD$38.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and USD $2.0 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments.
We are headquartered in the U.S. and operate our businesses in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA, including the United Kingdom), and the Asia Pacific region. In Australia, we have more than 160 employees providing services that are delivered by specialised business lines which collaborate closely with our clients to develop integrated and comprehensive financial solutions for Australian institutions.
Our core businesses in Australia include Asset Servicing, Issuer Services, Markets, Clearance and Collateral Management, Treasury Services and Investment Management, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
We engage more than 49,000 employees globally.
Our Supply Chain
We work with approximately 4,000 suppliers from a number of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Australia. Our suppliers are primarily located in the United States, accounting for 75% of annual group spend.
The main types of goods and services that we procure are professional services (IT consulting, contingent labor, legal outside counsel, etc.), technology infrastructure (hardware, software, telecom, etc.), financials services solutions (market data, finance technology, etc.), and facilities (occupancy cost, maintenance, construction and renovation, etc.). We engage our suppliers both on a long-term and short term basis, utilizing various entities to enter into appropriate agreements with our suppliers.
Modern Slavery Risks
We recognise that modern slavery may impact our business activities and we endeavour to take responsibility for reducing the risk that we might contribute to modern slavery through our operations and supply chains.
Risk Assessment Methodology
We developed a risk assessment methodology to evaluate the nature and extent of our exposure to the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. This methodology considers a number of indicators of modern slavery and human trafficking risks including sector, industry and geography as well as the type of products and services risk. Our initial risk assessment has indicated that our operations and supply chain have a potential for modern slavery and modern slavery risks. Our risk profile is summarised in the table below.
We have identified a number of sectors and industries within our operations and supply chains that may have a higher prevalence of modern slavery and human trafficking practices because of their characteristics, products and processes. We will continue to assess the risks associated with our business and supply chain and expand the scope of our focus, as necessary.
Prioritized high-risk categories and our related products and services include:
Labor Hire - Contingent labor / contractors
IT Hardware - IT and telco hardware and consumables
Business Process Outsourcing (Onshore) - Mail sorting, document scanning and call centers
Construction - Construction projects in our corporate buildings
Business Process Outsourcing (Offshore) - IT systems support
Manufactured Products - Merchandise, stationery, security equipment, ATMs and commercial print
Property Leasing - Rent and facilities costs paid to landlords
Cleaning & Maintenance - Services in our corporate buildings
Security Services - Security, guarding services and mobile patrols for our corporate buildings
Food & Beverage & Hospitality - Catering and hospitality services in our corporate buildings
Accommodation - Corporate travel hotels
Actions to Assess and Address Risk
We are committed to acting ethically, with integrity and promoting work environments that engender conditions of freedom, equality, security and dignity.
BNY Mellon expects its employees, contractors, and suppliers to prevent acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within both its business and supply chains. That is why we have taken a number of steps to assess and address modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
As noted above, we undertook an initial risk assessment to identify any key modern slavery and human trafficking risks that exist within our operations and supply chains. We then prioritized further risk assessment on those operations and direct suppliers that we identified as 'high-risk' during our initial risk assessment.
Governance and Accountability Framework
BNY Mellon has established a modern slavery working group that comprises Legal, Risk & Compliance, and the Global Procurement teams to help enhance governance and accountability framework to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking compliance. The dedicated team comprises senior members of each of these teams and regularly reviews initiatives for the annual modern slavery statement.
Policies and Procedures
As part of our continued commitment to responsible supply chain management and sustainable procurement, and in response to the Modern Slavery Act, we enhanced a number of our policies and procedures:
- Our Supplier Code of Conduct describes BNY Mellon’s commitments regarding social responsibility, health and safety, labor and human rights, ethics and other responsible business practices. In FY2020, we enhanced our Supplier Code of Conduct to set out the minimum expectations for our suppliers and third-party labor providers related to ethical practices including addressing modern slavery and human trafficking risks in their business. All vendors engaged in providing products and services to BNY Mellon are expected to act in accordance with the Supplier Code of Conduct, including by aligning their guidelines, policies and practices with the Supplier Code of Conduct and by communicating and enforcing its provisions throughout their organizations and supply chains. A violation of the requirements of the Supplier Code of Conduct may lead to review or termination of our relationship.
- We introduced questions within an RFP questionnaire, to be completed by potential suppliers, on matters related to their anti-modern slavery and human trafficking policies
Additionally, the following policies and procedures remain in place to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking without our operations and supply chain:
- Our BNY Mellon's Code of Conduct empowers employees and contractors to report concerns in confidence without fear of retaliation.
- Our ethics hot line considers complaints or concerns about modern slavery and human trafficking within BNYM or its supply chains from employees, contractors, vendors and the public.
- We undertake overnight sanctions and negative news screening on all vendors which now includes alerts on modern slavery and human trafficking news
These policies and procedures complement our existing governance framework which includes our Corporate Social Responsibility program, our Human Rights Statement as well as policies on Whistleblowing, Escalation and Speaking Up, Reporting of Illegal or Unethical Conduct and Non-Retaliation, and Suspicious Activity Reporting empower our employees and contractors to report concerns in confidence without fear of retaliation.
Review of our Standard Supply Terms
We reviewed our standard supply terms and introduced mandatory Modern Slavery Act legal provisions into both our supplier contractual framework as well as our master affiliate contractual framework. These provisions allow us to work collaboratively with our suppliers and affiliates to address modern slavery and human trafficking risks and proactively manage any incidents that may occur.
We acknowledge that educating our staff is fundamental to ensuring potential human rights and modern slavery risks are identified and managed. BNY Mellon’s current on-boarding and refresher training for staff includes BNY Mellon’s Code of Conduct, with specific focus on:
- conducting business in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and in accordance with the highest ethical standards; and
- being willing to take a stand to correct or prevent any improper activity.
In addition, we have provided training to our global procurement and legal teams on modern slavery and human trafficking, and on our role in identifying and managing the risk of such activities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought further challenges to modern slavery and human trafficking and highlighted social and economic inequalities worldwide. BNY Mellon has assessed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on its practices and risks to modern slavery and human trafficking and will continue to identify best-practice approaches to protecting vulnerable workers through this crisis in order to protect vulnerable workers from the effects of COVID-19.
Assessing our Effectiveness
We are committed to reviewing the effectiveness of our actions by ensuring that we regularly review our anti-modern slavery and human trafficking processes to consider whether we are appropriately identifying and evaluating our modern slavery and human trafficking risks. We have a dedicated working group and conduct an annual review of our supplier risk profile and we will continue to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of our measures in relation to assessing whether our existing risk management processes remain appropriate.
We also monitor our performance against key performance indicators. These include the number of actions that have been implemented to date in relation to our compliance with modern slavery and human trafficking processes.
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation is responsible for the group's broader modern slavery and human trafficking initiatives, policies and procedures. In FY2020, a provision was added into the affiliate master agreement which is the set of legal terms and conditions governing all agreements between owned and controlled entities of the Bank of New York Mellon group, to align the Group's approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and prevent the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within our operations. Additionally, there is consultation and collaboration between our Global Procuremen teams and legal teams who have received training in modern slavery and human trafficking risks.
As this is our inaugural statement for the Australian Modern Slavery Act, we recognize there are further steps we can take to assess and address the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chains. In FY2021, we will continue to focus on assessing our practices and engage with our people and vendors to raise awareness and manage the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our organization and supply chain.
This statement was approved by the Board of The Bank of New York Mellon on February 8, 2021.
Samuel C. Scott III
Director, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
February 8, 2021