Human rights and modern slavery

As a leading professional services firm, we’re committed to respecting and upholding internationally recognised human rights. We published our first Human Rights policy in 2012, and at a global level are long standing members of the UN Global Compact. Following the launch of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) Reporting Framework and the UK parliament passing the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we've reviewed and updated our approach to human rights.

Risks and opportunities

We’ve long had a culture of ‘doing the right thing’ and acting as a ‘catalyst for change’ to have a positive impact on the world.   Recent media coverage has shown that human rights issues, including modern slavery, are prevalent in the 21st century and are not constrained by geography. So, it’s important that we continue to identify and manage potential risks associated with human rights violations in our operations and supply chain, adapting to changing times and global issues.

Human rights also present us with an opportunity to reinforce our corporate purpose, which is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re doing this by embedding processes and programmes in our operations and supply chain, and sharing our approach with our business partners and through the specialist advice we can offer to our clients on human rights best practice.


We have a comprehensive programme to manage the direct and indirect human rights risk associated with our operations and supply chain.  Our approach is compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and draws on the principles of the UNGP’s Reporting Framework.  We’re constantly learning and adapting our programme to ensure its effectiveness.

We set out the detail of our policies, governance, risk management approach and related reporting in our Human Rights and Modern Slavery Statement.

Contact us

Emma Cox

UK Leader Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7973 317011

Bridget Jackson

Chief Sustainability Officer, PwC United Kingdom

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