UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
Statement for the Financial Year ending 31 December 2017
This statement is made on behalf of the board of ODEON Cinemas Group Limited with regard to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, which requires large businesses to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate modern slavery.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
This statement relates to ODEON Cinemas Group Limited companies carrying on business in the UK (“ODEON UK”).
ODEON Cinemas Group is a leading European cinema operator hosting over 115m guests each year in over 360 cinemas across Europe. As an AMC company, ODEON Cinemas Group is part of the largest movie exhibition company in the world with over 1,000 theatres and 11,000 screens across the globe.
ODEON UK operates more than 110 cinemas in the UK. Our supply chain includes food and drink, technical equipment, utilities, waste management, construction and professional services.
ODEON UK has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery of any kind. We are committed to acting ethically, transparently and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner, and to ensure colleagues know what is expected of them and how we can support them.
Our Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking policy sets out ODEON UK’s commitment to combating modern slavery.
In addition, we have the following robust policies: Code of Conduct, Whistle blowing, Recruitment.
We are working to put in place effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
We conduct due diligence on suppliers before they become an approved supplier. We are developing processes to ensure that our commitment to addressing the issue of modern slavery in our business and supply chains is communicated to our suppliers, contractors and business partners.
Our employees are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business, or supply chains of any supplier, at the earliest possible stage using the appropriate reporting channels. Our managers are expected to act on any concerns. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy, and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy.
The Chief Finance Director has primary and day-to-day responsibility for our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors in October 2017.
President AMC Europe & Managing Director ODEON Cinemas Group