Sky respects the rights and wellbeing of everyone we impact through our activities. This includes our
employees and contractors, customers, viewers, people who feature in our broadcasts and programmes,
workers in our supply chains and visitors to our sites and the communities around them.
Our policies and approach to human rights are based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. Our Responsible Sourcing Policy, Human Rights Policy and Ways of Working, clearly set out our expectations for upholding human rights and we publish our Modern Slavery Statement annually.
Our approach has evolved as our understanding of
where the risks lie has increased. Our human rights
steering group involves representatives from across
the business whose role it is to address Sky’s salient
issues and to identify opportunities for leadership.
To tackle the modern slavery risks Sky identified in 2017,
we established three workstreams: Corporate, Products
and Production which includes Sky Entertainment, Sky
News and Sky Sports. Coordination is led by the Bigger
Picture team, which also feeds into a subcommittee of
the board, the Bigger Picture Committee that oversees
the social, environmental and ethical impacts of
We have continued our work on modern slavery by updating all our people policies across Sky to ensure our employees understand what modern slavery is, the warning signs to look for, and where to go for help if they feel someone is at risk. Our Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment teams have received training on how modern slavery can manifest in programme making and
commissioning. We also have a significant focus on products and merchandise along with TV, Sports and News production teams.
Sky News continues to shine a spotlight on modern slavery, a core emphasis within its mission statement being to unveil wrongdoings and tell stories of the voiceless and disempowered. You can see the coverage here.
We’re supporting independent production companies with guidance on modern slavery and are a founding member of the TV and Human Rights Working Group along with BBC and ITV, which brings together broadcasters and independent production companies to address their risks.
more about how we address modern slavery and human rights in our 2018 Modern Slavery Statement.