Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement

1: Statement from John Sharkey, Executive Vice President, SMG Europe

SMG Europe Holdings Limited (incorporating SMG UK and other associated companies) is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers. Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement effective systems to ensure slavery and human trafficking do not take place anywhere within our supply chains.

2: Structure of the organisation

The SMG Europe Group is one of the UK’s largest venue management operators with over 2000 full and part time employees. SMG operates the Manchester Arena, Leeds First Direct Arena, Utilita Arena Newcastle, Bridgewater Hall, Baths Hall, Plowright Theatre, York Barbican, Playhouse Whitley Bay and Konig Pilsner Arena in Germany. SMG Europe is also the parent company of CGC Events, an events catering company based in Yorkshire with over 2500 full and part time employees. SMG Europe is the subsidiary of SMG World (based in the US), a world leader in venue management. As SMG Europe Group’s annual turnover is in excess of the £36M threshold set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 it is required to publish a statement setting out the measures it takes to prevent modern slavery.

3: Policies

As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we have implemented an Anti-Slavery Policy. A copy of our policy is available upon request.

4: Due diligence

As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted various due diligence procedures (details of which are set out in our Anti- Slavery Policy)

Our procedures are designed to:

  • 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
  • provide adequate protection for whistleblowers

5: Risk and compliance

SMG Europe regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain. However, we do not consider that we operate in high risk sectors or locations at present. We do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. If we were to find evidence of a failure to comply with our Anti-Slavery Policy we would immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the SMG Europe Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2018.