MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
This statement is made on behalf of SoundCloud Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales, pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement constitutes SoundCloud's Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2018 and confirms SoundCloud's stance against modern slavery and human trafficking.
SoundCloud is committed to legal compliance and the highest standard of ethical business practices in all of our operations. SoundCloud strives to maintain a safe and legal employment relationship with all of its employees and expects its suppliers of goods and services to do the same.
SoundCloud is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or in our supply chains.
As the world’s largest music and audio platform, SoundCloud lets people discover and enjoy the greatest selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth. Since launching in 2008, the platform has become renowned for its unique content and features, including the ability to share music and connect directly with artists, as well as unearth breakthrough tracks, raw demos, podcasts and more. This is made possible by an open platform that directly connects creators and their fans across the globe. Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to both share and monetise their content with a global audience, as well as receive detailed stats and feedback from the SoundCloud community. We employ over 350 people globally and have operations in London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles.
SoundCloud’s business is primarily providing an online music platform through our website and mobile apps. Accordingly, our business and that of most of our suppliers involves mostly technical or professional expertise in areas where the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking is low.
Nevertheless, SoundCloud is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its business or its supply chains. We seek to engage suppliers who hold similar values and ethics to our own. We are not aware of any modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains nor do we have any information to suggest there is any.
STEPS TAKEN TO COUNTER THE RISK OF MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We finalised an anti-slavery policy and continue working towards ensuring all employees are aware of, and comply with, the anti-slavery policy.
We engage an external Whistleblowing provider through which employees can report breaches of laws, including breaches relating to modern slavery and human trafficking and have committed to investigate any reports of suspected modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or in that of any of our suppliers.
We operate a robust recruitment process which includes appropriate immigration checks for all directly employed employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. Our employees are all paid at or above minimum wage rates.
No reports were received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate modern slavery practices have been identified within our business activities during the financial year 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. Naturally, we will continue to be vigilant for any such practices.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors.
/s/ Kerry Trainor
Kerry Trainor, Chief Executive Officer
/s/ Alex Ljung
Alex Ljung, Director and Chairman