Lonely Planet Global Inc. Modern Slavery Act Statement 2019-2020
This statement is made by the parent of the Lonely Planet Group, Lonely Planet Global Inc, on behalf of its subsidiary, Lonely Planet Publications Limited (Lonely Planet) which does business in the United Kingdom. Pursuant to s. 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we set out the steps that Lonely Planet takes to ensure as far as possible that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Lonely Planet does not tolerate any form of modern slavery and is committed to acting in an ethical manner, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
We are committed to creating effective systems with controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain. Our relevant company policies include:
Our supply chain provides for:
Lonely Planet maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier using he SMETA social audit procedure, or other equivalent reports, which is widely used and respected by responsible organisations.
Due diligence includes regular interviews with partners, annual independent audits and visits to factories not located in low risk territories. We consider our lower risk territories to be EU Countries, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This programme is overseen by our Supply Chain Manager and consists of the following principles:
It is a contractual condition that all direct partners observe the provisions set out in the Ethical Policy and obtain similar compliance from their own partners.
Lonely Planet continues to work with initiatives such as the Ethical Trading Initiative and SEDEX to improve our understanding of the risks of modern slavery and how to effectively manage these risks.
We monitor the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain, by:
Lonely Planet recognises that there are always improvements that can be made to the way we work and regularly review our policies and procedures. We will continue to build on our ethical programme to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
This statement has been approved by
Name: Theodore Sathananthan
Position: Group Director and Chief Operating Officer
on behalf of the Lonely Planet Group
Date: 5th February, 2020