UK Modern Slavery Act statement
Ipsen is committed to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the Ipsen business, or our supply chain.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, on behalf of the Ipsen companies operating and carrying on business within the UK (“Ipsen UK”). It sets out the steps that Ipsen UK has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group committed to discovering new solutions for targeted debilitating diseases and improving quality of life for patients. At Ipsen the patient is at the heart of what we do. We continuously invest to innovate and deliver therapeutic solutions for the patient’s benefit. We also adhere to the highest ethical standards to ensure that our decisions are made in the best interests of patients.
Ipsen UK consists of the following Ipsen companies operating and carrying on business within the UK:
- Ipsen Limited
- Ipsen Biopharm Limited
- Ipsen Bioinnovation Limited
- Ipsen Developments Limited
- Sterix Limited
Ipsen UK is integrated into a global supply chain involved in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products through a global network of manufacturing sites and distribution centres. This network includes the procurement of goods and services from many external suppliers, contractors and alliance partners.
Ipsen is committed to conducting business in an ethical way. We adhere to several internal policies and programmes to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. All UK and Ireland policies are available to our employees on the company intranet, these include:
Code of Ethical Conduct
- Our Code of Ethical conduct and key Ethics and Compliance Principles describe our commitment to treating people with respect and in accordance with the law.
Business Partner Code of Conduct
- This code explains the way we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act. Our Business Partner Code of Conduct details our approach to avoid enforced labour including child labour, and to ensure respect for people.
- We operate a robust recruitment process, including conducting detailed checks on our employees to make sure they are eligible to work in the UK. This helps to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. Every HR professional at Ipsen has access to “HR Principles” document, which provides governance on all HR activities and guidance on our HR operating values. It is also part of the onboarding for any newcomers to the HR Community.
- Our Whistleblowing Hotline allows employees to report any malpractice or violation of the Ethical Code of Conduct without fear of recrimination. We fully investigate any reports and take appropriate remedial action where required.
- We have an anti-corruption programme, including training and education and an alerts system for raising concerns – which we assess and investigate as appropriate.
Employee Assistance Programme
- We operate an employee assistance programme through a third-party provider which allows employees, and their families access to confidential advice on a range of topics.
Ipsen’s Ethics and Compliance Programme
The objective of Ipsen’s Ethics & Compliance Programme is to ensure a culture of integrity, enabling Ipsen to conduct its global business with the highest ethical standards, in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and Ipsen’s Code of Conduct. Underlying Ipsen’s Ethics and Compliance Programme are our Ethics and Compliance Guiding principles:
- Patient focus: The underlying rationale for all interactions must be the ultimate contribution to the well-being and care of the patients.
- Integrity: All interactions must be conducted in a truthful and trustworthy manner with business integrity.
- Independence: All stakeholder’s must feel respect and independence to perform their official professional duties. Ipsen must not interact with external stakeholders when there is an actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest arising from such interaction which may unduly influence the stakeholder’s decision or conduct or create the perception of doing so. Ipsen must remain independent to conduct its global business.
- Legitimate intent: All interactions must have a legitimate intent aligned with the Ipsen vision to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that improve patient’s lives.
- Transparency: All interactions must be transparent with business integrity.
- Accountability: Ipsen employees must be accountable and accept responsibility for their actions and commit to perform all interactions in compliance with Ipsen ethical standards, internal procedural documents, all applicable laws, regulations and industry codes.
- Information Exchange: Information provided by Ipsen must be accurate, objective, balanced and appropriate to the context and the stakeholders. Ipsen does not partake in any deceptive practices.
Ipsen UK employees
As part of our Recruitment Policy we conduct background checks upon employment to comply with regulations on work permits, visas and the right to work in the UK legally. This also involves a screening process, background checks and confirmation of qualifications.
We have a risk-based approach to our third parties. This is managed independently by the Ethics and Compliance Programme, which includes due diligence, background checks, investigations into adverse media and where risk is identified we look further into the supplier to establish what compliance practices they have adopted including how they deal with concerns that are raised, human rights and labour law and a code of ethics. Where required, we provide training and education on our compliance and anti-corruption requirements. Due diligence also identifies sanctions against individuals associated with the supplier.
In addition to the above, as part of our standard agreements with suppliers, we require confirmation that they will carry out services in full compliance with all applicable legislations, regulations and codes of practice.
Our Business Partner Code of Conduct details our approach to avoid enforced labour, including child labour, and to ensure respect for people. It also includes our commitment to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, including those related to labour and human rights.
As part of their employment conditions, all Ipsen UK employees must agree to uphold Ipsen’s Code of Ethical Conduct. Training is provided as part of on-boarding and throughout employment on topics relating to Ethics and Compliance, as well as applicable legislation.
We also review regularly and improve our Ethics and Compliance Programme to ensure it remains current with respect to significant risks, developments and trends.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Ipsen UK has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business, by our partners or in our supply chain.
On behalf of the Ipsen UK Board of Directors
10 April 2021