Lisson Gallery is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain and we expect the same high standards from our suppliers. Lisson Gallery provides this statement in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”). This is our first statement and we will review annually.
1. Organisation structure and supply chains
Lisson Gallery was founded by Nicholas Logsdail in 1967 and is one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Today the gallery supports and promotes the work of more than 60 international artists across two spaces in London, two in New York, one in Shanghai, as well as temporary spaces opened in 2020 in East Hampton and London’s Mayfair district.
As of 1st September, Lisson Gallery employs 88 staff across businesses operations in UK, US, Europe and China.
2. Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
Slavery and human trafficking are illegal and a violation of human rights. There are many forms of modern slavery including; forced labour, child labour, exploitation, being controlled by an employer, debt bondage, being physically constrained, being sold or treated as a commodity and having restrictions on freedom of movement. These acts involve a person losing their freedom by being exploited by another for personal or commercial gain.
Lisson Gallery has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking; we are committed to acting ethically, and with integrity in all our business dealings. Lisson Gallery expects suppliers and other business partners to uphold high standards in their business practices.
We operate a number of polices to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-Money Laundering
- Non-Retaliation Policy
- Anti-Bullying and Harassment
- Recruitment Policy
- Artist contracts
3. Due diligence
As part of our efforts to reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chains, we build long standing relationships with our suppliers and contractors and have clear expectations of business behaviour. Our procedures are designed to:
- Provide adequate protection for all employees, temporary workers and contractors
- Establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
- Monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains
- Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains
We will consider whether circumstances warrant us carrying out audits on suppliers for their compliance with our Modern Slavery Statement.
If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf are in breach of our policies, expectations and ethics, we will ensure that the appropriate action is taken. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remediated, to terminating such relationship.
We have policies and processes in place to enable our employees to raise concerns and have safeguards in place should the need arise for them to do so.
We do not employ those that would be considered to be child workers. We may employ young and inexperienced workers; however, they are subject to the same rights and protections that we afford all workers.
Passport and identification checks are undertaken for all employees, temporary workers and contract staff.
4. Risk assessment and management
Lisson Gallery’s Executive Team meet on a regular basis to review our performance, practices, and how we conduct our business.
We do not consider Lisson Gallery to operate within a high-risk industry, however we will evaluate the nature and extent of our exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in our supply chain.
Where we have identified a potential risk, these can be investigated, remediated and mitigated through activities such as due diligence, improved procurement practices or industry collaboration.
We will enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. We expect all our suppliers to adhere to the principals and we will publish this statement on our website and make available to anyone who requests a copy.
5. Key performance indicators to measure effectiveness of steps being taken
The Executive Team will review on an annual basis and it will form part of our Operating Plan.
Members of the Executive Team will ensure the appropriate steps are taken within their business area.
6. Training and Further Actions
In the coming months, Lisson Gallery intends to develop a risk-based approach to the procurement of good and services. We will identify suppliers with whom we have an annual turnover of more than £100,000, or that fall within geographical areas or industries that are considered high risk of modern slavery.
Lisson Gallery is keen to invest in our staff and provide training to recognize the risks of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
Employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our modern slavery statement.
All new employees will be made aware of the Modern-Slavery Statement as part of their onboarding process.
We will annually review this statement to ensure we are minimizing the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
7. Authorization and Sign-off
This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”) and constitutes Lisson Gallery’s Modern Slavery Statement for the Financial Year ending 31 January 2022.
Lisson Gallery Board Members approved this statement on 1st September 2021.