Modern Slavery Act Statement
This statement applies to Angus Montgomery Ltd (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2022-2023.
Angus Montgomery Ltd is the holding company for a number of businesses that form part of Montgomery Group. The Head Office is at 9 Manchester Square, London, W1U 3PL. The Organisation is represented by a board of directors and advisors based in London, UK and is privately owned.
There are numerous divisions with the Organisation some of which are joint ventures. These are split into three main regions and one specific sector. The regions include the UK/Europe, Africa (Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa) and Southeast Asia (Singapore and Malaysia) and covering Food Drink & Hospitality, Security, Mining, and Packaging sectors. Art and photography events run across Asia, Europe and the US.
Each Division and Department within the Organisation is run by a Divisional Director who reports into the Group Managing Director / Chairman.
The main activity carried out by the Organisation is the organisation of Events and Exhibitions.
The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, US, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, India, China (Incl. Hong Kong and Taiwan), Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
- Human trafficking.
- Forced work, through mental or physical threat.
- Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse of the threat of abuse.
- Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity, or being bought or sold as property.
- Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in Australia, China (Including Hong Kong & Taiwan), France, India, Kenya, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, , United Kingdom & United States of America and in many cases exceeds those minimums in relation to its employees.
In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of the Organisation include those related to the running of exhibitions and events. These include but are not limited to venues, contractors and marketing companies.
The Organisation considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist in China, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa because they involve the provision of labour in countries where protection against breaches of human rights may be limited.
In general, the Organisation considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.
IMPACT OF COVID-19
During the reporting period covered by this statement, the COVID-19 pandemic had taken hold. For several months, the UK was placed into lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. This created several challenges for the Organisation, as it did for others across the nation.
The Organisation concludes that the COVID-19 pandemic did not adjust the risk of modern slavery to a level above that which existed before the pandemic, which is as set out under ‘POTENTIAL EXPOSURE’ above.
The risk of modern slavery did not increase since demand for our services ceased as exhibitions and events were prohibited from running across the globe. Our premises were temporarily closed, and home working implemented. Large numbers of our workforce were placed on furlough because of the drop in demand for our services.
During the pandemic, the Organisation’s employees still had access to the grievance procedure to raise any concerns that they may have had.
The Organisation took the decision from the outset of the pandemic to ensure that all the workforce who were required to self-isolate in accordance with public health guidelines continued to receive full pay during their absence.
The Organisation’s modern slavery risks were subject to the same monitoring procedures during the pandemic as at all other times.
The Organisation carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Organisation has not currently taken steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place.
SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
The Organisation has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Organisation’s obligations.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
Date of approval: 30/03/2023