Fighting modern slavery
No one should be made to work against their will. Yet an estimated 40 million people around the world are exploited and forced into work. They often suffer physical, psychological and sexual abuse in the process.
We want to make sure modern slavery isn’t taking place in our own business or supply chain.
We only work with people who choose to work freely. We don’t use or accept forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour or child labour.
We respect the right to equal opportunity, freedom of association and collective bargaining. This is set out in our Modern Slavery Act statements, The BT Way - our ethics code and human rights policy. We also live it every day through our supplier standard on working conditions, Sourcing with Human Dignity.
The risk of modern slavery within our own operations is low as around 80% of our people are based in the UK, they're highly skilled and we do most of our recruitment ourselves. But risks of modern slavery are higher within our supply chains. We use risk factors to determine the modern slavery risk for each of our direct suppliers. These include the type of product or service being provided, the country it’s being provided in, and the workers’ skill levels.
Our assessment team may visit the sites of higher risk suppliers to better understand the reality of working conditions. If needed, we’ll put in place an improvement plan and monitor it closely. If a supplier doesn’t improve it can, and sometimes does, mean we cancel our contract. You’ll find more detail in our Modern Slavery Act statements below.
Supporting anti-slavery initiatives
Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking needs a lot of collaboration. We work with experts and others to use technology to drive positive change. You can read more on our work with others page.