WebMD UK Ltd and its UK affiliates (“Medscape”) are 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.Structure of the organisation and what we do
There are Medscape companies incorporated in England and Wales. They sit within the Internet Brands group, a US organisation, and operate in the healthcare sector as leading providers of health information services to consumers, physicians and other healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications.
Medscape is the leading online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offering the latest medical news and expert perspectives; essential point-of-care drug and disease information; and relevant professional education and CME.
To find out more about the nature of our business, please click hereHow we approach modern slavery risks in our supply chain
Our supply chains pose our most significant risk in relation to modern slavery, although overall the risk for our business is still very low. In order to provide health information and carry out our services, we work with a number of suppliers who provide us with a range of goods, from stationery and technology hardware to other services, such as cleaning our offices.
The directors of our company are dedicated to dealing with the issue of modern slavery with regards to our supply chains and are accountable for ensuring that Medscape complies with its obligations, both legally and morally. Our directors are kept up to date with any changes to the Modern Slavery Act and how they may potentially affect our business.
We regularly inform and educate our employees about our obligations and commitments with regards to modern slavery. This statement is written with the aim of being transparent about our continual development and ongoing enhancement of our practices in this area.
Medscape is registered with the Home Office contact database for modern slavery reporting guidance and resources, to remain abreast of any changes that may require us to update our business’ processes.
Our policies will continue to be updated to reflect any new risks that arise for us as a business.Policies
We have the following policies in place, which form part of our commitment to combating modern slavery:
These policies have been developed by our legal and compliance teams in line with the latest laws and guidance. We ensure our suppliers are made aware of the policies which affect them and that they adhere to the same high standards.Due diligence
Our legal department is fully aware of the impact of modern slavery and our business’ obligations under the law. They help ensure that our suppliers meet appropriate standards as part of our onboarding and due diligence procedures.
Our compliance and HR teams facilitate regular training for our employees to enable them to understand and abide by our company policies throughout departments across the business.
Our people abide by our Code of Conduct, which sets the highest principles and standards for our employees, touching all areas of their working life. Our policies and procedures are designed to:
Medscape regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain. We do not consider that we operate in high-risk sectors or locations due to the fact that we are UK based and do not import any high-risk goods or services, nor do we operate in any high-risk sectors. We require that all our suppliers adhere to our policies. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. For example, if we find evidence of a failure to comply with our policies in this regard, we will seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.Training
We take pride in investing in our people and provide regular and mandatory training to all employees on our most significant policies and any updates to them, to provide them with the tools they need to properly understand and adhere to them from a business but also an ethical perspective.Further actions and sign-off
Medscape has not received any reports concerning elements of modern slavery within its business or its supply chain. Following our review of our actions this financial year to prevent slavery or human trafficking occurring in our business or supply chains, we intend to take the following further steps to tackle slavery and human trafficking:
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Medscape’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the period 2023/2024.
Senior Vice President
WebMD UK Limited