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Modern slavery statement

The Chartered Insurance Institute (“CII”) is a Chartered Body, incorporated under a Royal Charter, with its principal office based in the UK. The CII also has offices based in India, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, as illustrated in the organisational chart below. The CII has a global membership base. This statement is made to provide clarity on the CII’s compliance with its obligations pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

CII structure diagram

Suppliers

The CII is a professional body providing membership and qualifications for individuals working within the insurance and financial services industry. Although the CII is a global organisation, which provides its goods and services internationally, it does not source any goods or services directly from any of the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery.

The CII does not have a specific supplier code of conduct concerning business relationships. However, the CII ensures that its key suppliers are under enforceable contractual requirements to comply with all applicable laws.

In circumstances where a new relationship between the CII and a key supplier is formed, the contractual process is run through the CII’s in-house Legal department to ensure that all identifiable risks are considered and addressed appropriately before entering into a contractual relationship with a new key supplier. This includes ensuring that an obligation is put on any supplier that they will comply with all applicable laws, of which the Modern Slavery Act 2015 would form part.

The CII’s core values underpin the way in which the CII conduct business. This extends to the procurement of suppliers.

Ethics

All of our employees and members, irrespective of where  they work, are bound by the CII’s code of ethics. A key principle within the CII’s code of ethics is to comply with all relevant laws and regulations. This includes not only acting within the law, but also within the spirit of the law, which would include an obligation to comply with modern slavery legislation.

Our policies reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to support our employees, members and the wider community, by providing policies covering whistleblowing, making complaints against CII members and internally through the use of Equality and Inclusion Impact Assessments.

The CII also adopts a Recruitment and Selection Policy that ensures that the best possible candidate is selected for the job whilst recognising the value of diversity and equality in a modern society.

The CII requires that all members of staff complete Equality and Diversity e-learning on induction into the CII, and annually as a refresher. The CII also provides access to a modern slavery unit on its online platform, Assess, which is accessible to all members of staff and also for members to purchase.

Risk Management

The CII has employed a Risk Director to focus on assessing and managing the CII’s risk exposure, and to ensure that risk assessment strategies are effective.

Ownership and Accountability

The CII’s executive management team has overall accountability for ensuring that the CII complies with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Legal Director and Chief Operating Officer are responsible for ensuring that the CII complies with its Modern Slavery Act requirements.

This statement was approved by the Executive Management Team on 17 December 2018 and has been signed by John Bissell, Chief Operating Officer, on 7 January 2019.

John Bissell signature

John Bissell, Chief Operating Officer

If you have any queries on the CII’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, please e-mail legal@cii.co.uk