Introduction

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.

Organisation’s Structure

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its Principals. Founded in 1978, the company provides value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties.

Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking

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. 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.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

We have considered the identity, size and nature of our suppliers and the nature and size of our business.

We have also taken into account that our Principals control our preferred suppliers according to their business lines and responsibilities.

We assess our own suppliers and make recommendations to clients primarily on the basis of a quality, track record and ability to deliver the services required, not just on price. We have long standing and trusted relationship histories with many such suppliers.

Our largest expenditure is on IT and communications equipment and we only purchase from leading manufacturers over whom we would have no influence.

For these reasons, we have assessed that both our business and that of our suppliers’ are very low risk from a point of view of modern slavery and people trafficking.

Because of this low risk, we do not currently anticipate taking any further steps in respect of due diligence.

We will continue, however, to encourage our Principals, employees and workers to report any concerns to us for investigation and we have in place a whistle blowing policy to protect anyone who raises such concerns. We are also working towards ISO standard 9001.

Supplier Adherence to our Values

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We seek to ensure that our suppliers’ own organisations and supply teams are free from slavery and human trafficking but we recognise that our size means we can have limited influence over this. We therefore seek to monitor any risk areas and encourage anyone to report concerns.

Training

To ensure understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide our Principals, employees and workers with a copy of the modern slavery policy and encourage them to report any concerns to their manager.

Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking

We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • Information provided from preferred suppliers
  • Any concerns raised by our Principals, employees or workers

Further Steps

Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken this year to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply, we believe that there is minimal risk in our supply chains. However, we are continuing to improve our processes, include reference to our zero-tolerance approach in relevant documentation with suppliers, work towards ISO standard 9001 and also continue to encourage our Principals and staff to report any concerns that they have.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2017.