Modern Slavery

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement of Zimlink & Lawilink

This statement is made pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “MSA”). It sets out what   has done to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in supply chains or in any part of the business.

Organisational structure, business and supply chains

Zimlink has the core purpose to create a media platform for the youth of Zimbabwe, secure the financial and editorial independence of Zimlink in perpetuity, with subsidiary aims to champion its principles and to promote citizen Journalism in the UK, Zimbabwe & Malawi.

We produce high-quality media content and create platforms funded through a combination of advertising, sponsorship, funding and our Limited company Our online magazines have a global reach and we volunteers in the UK, Malawi, Zimbabwe together with contributor’s from around the world.

The Zimlink website (optimised for desktop, tablet and mobile); an iOS and Android app. We procure many different services from a variety of suppliers. Our supply chains currently relate mainly to the following activities: Education; On line publishing; events services; IT; infrastructure and transport; recruitment and training; customer services; marketing and advertising.

Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

Our organisation works to minimise the risk of modern slavery and human rights violations across our entire operation and supply chains. Zimlink has a history of engaging with human rights issues more broadly, which frames our activity around reducing the risk of slavery and human trafficking. Zimlink sourcing Values were developed in recognition of the fact that we rely on suppliers and partners, and we do not always have direct control over our impact on the environment and people.

Zimlink incorporates the findings of the United Nations Global Compact 10 principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Zimlink Sourcing Values provide the framework against which an ethical assessment of our suppliers will be measured, further details are set out below. They have been reviewed and updated so that they reflect the MSA and make explicit reference to the requirements to combat modern slavery.

For example, they state that suppliers must meet all existing international and national legislation and regulations regarding health and safety, including modern slavery. They commit us to identifying high risks areas for potential violation of human rights abuse in their operation, our own operation and supply chain, with focus on bonded, forced or slave labour.

Zimlink is a Living Wage Employer and has a strong relationship with NGO’s and grass roots organisations.

All contract signatories have been informed that the relevant MSA clauses must be inserted into any supplier terms and conditions prior to signature.