Modern slavery statement

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Introduction from Craig Newman, CEO

We are an asset management business, specialising in the long term investment of our client’s money. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

This page sets out our ongoing commitment as a responsible business to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is eradicated. This is our slavery and human trafficking statement for the purposes of section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA). This statement explains the steps we are taking and the processes we have already implemented to combat slavery and human trafficking.

The annual statement covers the period ending 31 March 2018 and was approved by the management board.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, and as such we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.

Our supply chains

We consider the risk of slavery or human trafficking within our supply chain to be low. In general, our supply chain involves regulated professional advisers, financial services firms and, in respect of our IT infrastructure and operational requirements, leading services businesses who specialise in servicing asset managers. They are typically based in the UK, Channel Islands, western Europe and North America.

We have several policies and procedures in place to prevent financial crime generally and specifically to prevent:

  • Money laundering
  • Terrorist financing
  • Sanctions compliance
  • Fraud
  • Bribery and corruption

Employees

Our recruitment processes are transparent and reviewed regularly. We communicate directly with candidates to discuss job opportunities and to confirm the details of any offer made. We have robust procedures in place for the vetting of new employees and ensure that we are able to confirm their identities and that they are paid directly into an appropriate, personal bank account. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with all human rights laws and UK employment laws and all staff are remunerated fairly and above the UK’s national living wage. We are satisfied that our employees are not exploited in any way.

Actions taken or planned

Considering slavery and human trafficking risks are low to the business and our straightforward supply chains, our approach remains one that is proportionate and risk based and focuses on key service providers:

  • Key service provider on boarding – assessment of their operations and seek confirmation of their compliance with MSA.
  • Due diligence – focusing on existing key service providers, assess and review their approach to combatting slavery and human trafficking.
  • Training – maintain staff training to include education on slavery and human trafficking

Download our modern slavery statement

Woodford Investment Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number 745433). Incorporated in England and Wales, company number 10118169. Registered address 9400 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2HN.

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc is incorporated in England and Wales, company number 09405653. Registered as an investment company under section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. Registered address Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP.

The Woodford Funds (Ireland) ICAV (the “Fund”) has appointed as Swiss Representative Oligo Swiss Fund Services SA, Av. Villamont 17, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland. The Fund’s Swiss paying agent is Neue Helvetische Bank AG. All fund documentation including, Prospectus, Key Investor Information Documents, Instrument of Incorporation and financial reports may be obtained free of charge from the Swiss Representative in Lausanne. The place of performance and jurisdiction for all shares distributed in or from Switzerland is at the registered office of the Swiss Representative. Fund prices can be found at www.fundinfo.com.

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