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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

RWS Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2020/21

RWS Holdings plc and its subsidiaries (“RWS”) are committed to understanding modern slavery risks and ensuring that its businesses and supply chain are free from modern slavery and human trafficking. This statement (made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”)) sets out the steps that RWS has taken during the financial year ended 30 September 2020 and will continue to take to meet this commitment. We intend to review this statement annually. 

Business and organizational structure 

RWS Holdings plc is the world's leading provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services. Employing over 7,600 people, we help our customers to connect with and bring new ideas to people globally, by communicating business critical content at scale and enabling the protection and realization of their innovations. 

Our vision is to help organizations interact effectively with people anywhere in the world, by solving their language, content and market access challenges through our collective global intelligence, deep expertise and smart technology. Customers include 90 of the globe's top 100 brands, the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and 19 of the top 20 patent filers worldwide. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific, and North and South America across the technology, pharmaceutical, medical, legal, chemical, automotive, government, and telecommunications sectors, which we serve from offices across five continents. Founded in 1958, RWS is headquartered in the UK and publicly listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).

Policies and supply chain 

RWS adopts a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking within RWS and its supply chain. RWS already has a robust control environment in place, holds ISO 9001 certification and has a number of policies and procedures designed to ensure that its activities, and those of its suppliers, are conducted ethically and in accordance with all applicable laws. These include policies and procedures relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering, share dealing, procurement and whistleblowing. RWS intends to enhance and strengthen these policies and procedures and implement and enforce effective systems and controls across its businesses to ensure compliance, with the aim of ensuring that those businesses and their supply chains are free from modern slavery and human trafficking. 

RWS’s key suppliers are groups providing professional services to support RWS’s client-facing activities as well as a range of suppliers providing other services to support the operation of RWS. RWS and its suppliers do not engage in activities relating to manufacturing or natural resources. We therefore believe that RWS’s supply chain poses a lower risk of slavery and human trafficking than that of companies operating in other sectors; however, some risk does exist, and RWS is committed to assessing and mitigating that risk. 

RWS has reviewed its supply chain to identify areas that may pose a higher risk of modern slavery and human trafficking and has reviewed existing controls to mitigate these risks. RWS is committed to monitoring the control environment to ensure that appropriate oversight of its supply chain is maintained. 


RWS’s commitment to compliance with the Act applies equally to its own staff. Through its selection, recruitment, induction and training procedures and programmes, RWS aims to ensure that the people it employs are not subject to modern slavery and human trafficking and are afforded the rights and protections that they are entitled to by law. 

RWS encourages staff to report concerns they may have about RWS’s compliance with applicable laws and/or breaches of its own ethical standards, without fear of retaliation. 

This Statement is made available on the company website www.rws.com. 


RWS intends to identify meaningful indicators and assurance activity with which to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Act. These will be reported to the Board of Directors which is responsible for overseeing compliance with all RWS’s policies and procedures. 

This statement has been approved for release by the Board of Directors. 

Desmond Glass 

Group CFO, RWS 

8 December 2021