Cushman & Wakefield is committed to running our business responsibly and to the highest ethical standards. We are one of the leading real estate services firms in the UK, with over 2,000 people working directly for us in the UK. Our clients are in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors in the UK and across the globe. 

We have zero-tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. Cushman & Wakefield policy prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labour and requires vendors/suppliers to maintain and promote fundamental human rights, where employment decisions are based on free choice without any coerced or prison labour, no use of physical punishment or threats of violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological, financial or verbal abuse as a method of discipline or control. 

In addition, our policy mandates the adherence to minimum employment age limits defined by law or regulation, and the prohibition of children performing work. 

For Cushman & Wakefield the perceived risk is principally through our supply chain, either in procuring services to run our business or to deliver services to clients. Those suppliers operate in numerous sectors such as building and construction, facilities management, finance, technology, travel, and utilities. We also work with other professionals, advisors and consultants, and contractors.  

In those parts of our business where we assess or believe the potential risks of modern slavery to be higher, we use several measures to reduce the risk. These include: 

  • The use of contractual clauses in supplier contracts requiring adherence to our policy standards, including right of termination if a supplier does not adhere to policy standards or fails to notify Cushman & Wakefield regarding any breaches
  • Conducting due diligence on suppliers for red flags regarding slavery and human trafficking
  • The express requirement on suppliers to notify us of any breaches

To date, we have not been aware of any instances of slavery and human trafficking in our business or supply chain. We maintain an external hotline where employees, clients and third parties can report suspected slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chain. 

In the event a report is received, we will act immediately and resolutely. This can include working with suppliers to remedy any breaches, but also instantly terminating contracts and reporting to law enforcement and other bodies as appropriate. 

We routinely remind our staff (and where appropriate, suppliers) of their obligations under our Code of Conduct and Legal & Compliance policies including adherence to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. 

The overall sponsor for this programme is Colin Wilson, our EMEA Chief Executive. The leadership at Cushman & Wakefield tasked the Legal, Risk & Compliance team to monitor compliance with our policies in this area.

This statement (made on behalf of all of Cushman & Wakefield’s entities/subsidiaries with business interests in the United Kingdom, including Cushman & Wakefield Debenham Tie Leung Limited, C & W (U.K.) LLP and C & W Management Services LLP) on slavery and human trafficking is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.