This statement is made under section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It is made on behalf of Tes Topco Limited (TES) and Tes Global Limited. It was approved by the Board of Directors of Tes Global Holdings Limited on 7 May 2021. It is signed by the Chief Executive on behalf of the aforementioned companies. It constitutes the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ended 31 August 2020.
Our vision is to power schools and enable great teaching worldwide, by creating intelligent online products and services to make the greatest difference in education.
Tes is an international provider of digital solutions that help reduce the administrative burden on schools and teachers; covering the recruitment, training, and management of staff, safeguarding compliance, and enhancing the ability to support and manage pupils. All products and services are built with teachers’ and schools’ needs at the core, ensuring they are innovative, trusted education solutions. With more than 13 million teachers within its online community and working relationships with 25,000 schools in over 100 countries, Tes is making a positive difference to millions of teachers, parents and pupils across the world.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within any part of Tes or in our supply chains. We operate employment policies and procedures that are designed to treat all individuals who work within Tes with dignity and respect, to reward them fairly for their work and not to exploit them. We comply with all applicable employment legislation, including laws relating to minimum wages and the working time directive. We only wish to work with organisations that have a similar commitment and are not involved in modern slavery or human trafficking. While it is the obligation of those organisations to operate their own policies and procedures to achieve that objective, we take reasonable steps to verify compliance where appropriate.
As part of our wider commitment to promoting ethical business practices, we have in place a variety of policies and procedures that together address our stance on this including our Code of Business Ethics, Anti-Bribery policy, Fraud policy and a range of business practice policies, including our Whistle Blowing policy.
The services we provide to our customers are predominantly from our offices or site-based at customers’ premises. The majority of our work is undertaken by our own staff. Our view is that this represents a very low risk of our services being involved in slavery and / or human trafficking. As such, Tes has not identified a need to take any additional action with regard to such relationships.
The majority of services supplied to Tes are from suppliers based in the UK and we consider them to be in relation to very low risk areas of activity such as the provision of IT, distribution and marketing services. Given our assessment of the very low risk nature of these activities, we therefore take no additional steps other than our usual supplier due diligence.
The majority of goods supplied to Tes are in relation to the running of our offices, our IT network and the production of our products. We believe that there is a very low risk that anyone providing us with these goods will be involved in slavery and / or human trafficking and therefore rely on our normal supplier due diligence during the approval or renewal process.
We will continue to review this statement on an on-going basis and will adapt our review and assessment accordingly should any material changes take place within our business.
We will also take the following further steps:
- Carry out a risk assessment of our supply chains
- Work with suppliers that are identified to be high risk to ask for confirmation of compliance
- Take steps to raise awareness within the business of the Modern Slavery Act
CEO Tes Global Ltd and Tes Topco Limited (as the UK Parent Company for the Tes Group)
Dated: 19 May 2021