Cambridge Education is part of the Advisory and Programme Delivery unit of Mott MacDonald.
Mott MacDonald is a US$2bn engineering, management and development consultancy. We’re involved in:
- Solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges
- Helping governments and businesses plan, deliver and sustain their strategic goals
- Responding to humanitarian and natural emergencies
- Improving people’s lives
Our vision and mission are underpinned by our PRIDE values. Our expertise covers buildings, communications, defence, education, environment, health, industry, mining, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development, water, wastewater and more. Our skills include planning, studies and design, project finance, technical advisory services, project and programme management and management consultancy.
For every project, we aim to deliver solutions that are cost, carbon and resource-efficient; are safe, easy and swift to deliver; are reliable and resilient and that deliver great outcomes for our clients. We operate globally with common directives and a common quality management system that is published through an online system known as STEP.
Our supply chain comprises the following:
- Partner professional services organisations who work with us to provide clients with a holistic service. These include architects, financial advisors and other infrastructure-focused consultancies.
- Organisations providing resources or services to support the delivery of our projects. These include surveyors, specialist labour suppliers and local support firms.
- Operational support services and product suppliers providing, for example, facilities management, office equipment and stationery.
Our approach to respecting people and our suppliers is also embedded in our policies on equality, diversity and inclusion, ethics, human resources and social responsibility.
Due diligence process
In relation to slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain, we:
- Employ individuals through an interview process, whether they are full-time employees or contract staff. This process seeks to confirm individuals have a right to be employed for a specific job, are not breaching immigration regulations; have the necessary competence and aptitude for the position and are applying to work for us through their own free will.
- Seek to provide a living wage for all staff.
- Evaluate potential and existing suppliers using a standard questionnaire to identify competence, compliance with our values and standards and to ensure they are addressing slavery and human trafficking risks. This assessment is repeated periodically. The process is supported by our procurement policy.
The value we bring is recognised by clients and, as a result, it is accepted that we charge fair rates for the work we undertake and that we pay employees and suppliers fairly. As a professional services organisation, our risks associated with slavery and human trafficking are generally low. Key areas of risk are:
- Low wage jobs, such as office cleaners and support staff
- Our commodity services supply chain, where unskilled labour is prevalent
- Our commodity purchasing supply chain
We manage these risks through our employment and procurement policies and through our supplier evaluation process.
Effectiveness of our approach
As the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our business is deemed to be low, we monitor the performance of our suppliers in supporting us to meet our policy commitment and the services they provide to us. We also monitor our own compliance with our employment and procurement processes. In addition, we are audited around the world by third party organisations both for compliance with our internal business processes and with quality standards. We are confident this approach is appropriate to managing our risks.
We train our staff on ethics and compliance with our values, directives and processes. We also provide training on people management and communications skills and these are directly aligned with our PRIDE values. This creates a strong culture of tolerance of others, transparency in decision-making and mutual respect.
Our independent ‘Speak Up’ service allows people to report concerns anonymously and we are committed to investigate all reports received. We received no reports on the service relating to slavery and human trafficking in 2016.