Modern Slavery Act Annual Transparency Statement
At BNY Mellon we have a long standing culture of “Doing What’s Right,” as evidenced by our Enterprise ESG program and our Supplier Code of Conduct (“Supplier Code”). These specific initiatives, coupled with our belief that transparency and accountability promote healthy, stable financial markets are intended to help us meet the highest of standards and continue to progress and evolve our social and ethical responsibilities.
BNY Mellon is a global investments company in the financial services sector. We provide investment management, investment services and wealth management to clients all over the world.
We are headquartered in the U.S. and operate our businesses in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region (including the United Kingdom) and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. We employ more than 50,000 people and procure goods and services from approximately 20,000 vendors globally.
To find out more about the nature of our business, please access the various resources on the homepage of bnymellon.com.
Through the effective and consistent implementation of policies, BNY Mellon is committed to promoting work environments that engender conditions of freedom, equality, security and dignity.
The expectation of our suppliers to adhere to our Human Rights Statement is detailed in our Supplier Code. The Supplier Code describes BNY Mellon’s commitments regarding social responsibility, health and safety, labour and human rights, ethics and other responsible business practices.
Governance and Policy
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity. Our governance framework and related corporate policies reflect this, and empower our employees and contractors to report and escalate any concerns of unethical conduct, whether relating to concern of modern slavery and human trafficking or other matters. For instance, our Code of Conduct and our policies on Whistleblowing, Escalation and Speaking Up, Reporting of Illegal or Unethical Conduct and Non Retaliation, and Suspicious Activity Reporting enable our employees and contractors to report concerns in confidence without fear of retaliation.
Our Third-Party Governance policy provides a layer of oversight and control by connecting our Risk, Legal and Procurement functions in our efforts to mitigate risks, including those relating to human rights and modern slavery. This process includes, for example, carrying out robust due diligence on our vendors (see below) and seeking protections in our vendor contracts. In response to the Modern Slavery Act, we will enhance our Supplier Code of Conduct in 2017 to clarify our requirements in this area.
As part of our procurement process, BNY Mellon undertakes due diligence on all new suppliers and regularly reviews existing suppliers across a wide range of risks. As part of our continued drive to improve supplier relationships, an annual vendor self-assessment/attestation for human rights, including modern slavery, will be introduced for key vendors in 2017.
Our policies and procedures are designed to:
- Establish, assess and monitor areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains;
- Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains; and
- Provide adequate protection for whistle blowers.
Risk and Compliance
BNY Mellon has evaluated the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain. We do not consider that we currently operate in high risk sectors or locations for modern slavery based upon our core business areas; however, our commitment to addressing this potential risk will continue.
With the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act and BNY Mellon’s commitment to enhancing its Third Party Governance oversight, BNY Mellon is reviewing vendor relationships to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. This will include the amendment of our Human Rights Statement to include specific wording relating to modern slavery.
As set out above, we seek to ensure that our suppliers adhere to BNY Mellon policies and ethical standards and would not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. If we found evidence of a failure to comply with such policies and ethical standards, we would seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
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 “Doing What’s Right” principle. Our employees are required to certify that they have read and understood all of the provisions of our Code of Conduct, including “Doing What’s Right”. At BNY Mellon, “Doing What’s Right” means, among other things, that the following are expected and valued:
- contributing to an ethical culture;
- 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.
Further actions and sign off
Following BNY Mellon’s review of its actions this financial year to prevent slavery and human trafficking from occurring in our business or supply chains, we intend on taking the following further steps to mitigate the risks:
- Amending of our Human Rights Statement to include specific reference to Modern Slavery
- Reviewing our Supplier Code of Conduct to ensure responsibilities in this area are clear
- Instituting an annual vendor self-assessment/attestation for Human Rights for key vendors
- Ongoing review of training, due diligence and governance practices to establish where further enhancements to existing controls should be made
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 of the United Kingdom and constitutes BNY Mellon’s (as defined above) slavery and trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1 January 2016 and ending 31 December 2016.