Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the 2019 Financial Year
We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We have published this statement in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) on behalf of ZPG
Limited and its subsidiaries* (“we”, “us” or “our”). It sets out the steps we have taken during the year to prevent modern
slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business generally.
Our Structure, Business and Supply Chain
We own and operate some of the UK's most trusted digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Money.co.uk,
Bankrate, Property Software Group and Hometrack.
We create value by investing in marketing our brands and growing our audience and by developing the best products and platforms
to engage our consumers and partners.
Consumers increasingly use and rely on our platforms in search of real‐time information about the property and comparison
markets. Similarly, property professionals and home services suppliers use our platforms to reach a transaction‐ready audience
and market their products and services.
Our supply chains include the following:
- People: recruitment and training services.
- Marketing: media advertising and market research services.
- Professional services: advisory and consultancy services.
- Facilities: maintenance and cleaning services.
- Technology: external data centres, data providers, IT infrastructure, hardware providers, cyber security services and software
Our Policies in relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking
We respect human rights and the integrity of individuals. We comply with all relevant laws in the way we run our business.
We have in place a whistleblowing policy which applies to all of our employees, officers, consultants, casual workers and
agency workers. This “Speak Up” policy encourages everyone working for us to report any malpractice or illegal acts, including
suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking, or omissions or matters of similar concern by other employees or former
employees, contractors, suppliers, partners or advisers using a prescribed reporting procedure.
We engage an external and independent third party based in the UK to provide a reporting facility for individuals to bring
areas of concern to our attention in a secure and confidential manner. This facility includes access to a 24/7 confidential
whistleblowing telephone line.
We are also committed to conducting business ethically and lawfully and this includes ensuring, as far as possible, that
any third parties who act for us share this commitment. The Company’s “Working with Third Parties” policy is in place to
help to identify and mitigate risks associated with the third parties who may perform services for or on behalf of us. This
includes guidance on undertaking appropriate due diligence on existing or prospective third parties based on identifiable
We have group‐wide template clauses which are included in appropriate contracts which allow contracting parties to formally
acknowledge, commit to and abide by applicable anti‐slavery and human trafficking legislation.
Due Diligence and Contracting Practices
We conduct due diligence on our suppliers by requesting information from them (which includes information about the steps
they take to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains). We keep our due
diligence process under constant review, and it was last reviewed and updated in April 2020.
We consider key suppliers’ responses to our due diligence requests as part of our decision‐making processes when it comes to
using new suppliers. We take appropriate action and, if necessary, delay or cancel appointing a new supplier unless the supplier’s
systems and controls are satisfactory.
Assessing and Managing Risk
Due to the nature of our businesses, our supply chains are limited and we operate with only a small number of suppliers.
Nevertheless, we select some of our key suppliers based on ethical certifications (some of which – for example, the Fairtrade
certification – impose obligations on suppliers to eliminate modern slavery). These suppliers must provide evidence of their
ethical certification before we conclude contracts with them.
We also seek contractual assurances from key suppliers in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking compliance, particularly
where those suppliers operate in, or make us part of, supply chains which present higher risks of modern slavery or human
We have continued to provide advice and guidance to the relevant commercial teams with direct responsibility for entering
into supplier contracts.
We comply with all relevant employment legislation and have a number of policies that adhere to internationally recognised human rights principles including:
- Group Recruitment Policy;
- Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy; and
- Speak-Up Policy.
We are committed to continuously improving our practices to identify and eliminate any slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, and to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
We use a wide range of suppliers who supply goods for sale, provide services at events and support our operations.
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 30 September 2019. It was approved by the board on 3 August 2020.
Date: 3 August 2020
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