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This Privacy Notice provides information on the collection, use, sharing and processing of personal information by Micro Focus and its affiliates ("we" or "us") in connection with your use of Micro Focus website, social media pages that link to this Privacy Notice, your interactions with Micro Focus during in-person meetings or at Micro Focus events, and in the context of other offline sales and marketing activities. This Privacy Notice also explains the choices you have in relation to these processing activities.
This Privacy Notice can change over time, for example to comply with legal requirements or to meet changing business needs. The most up-to-date version can be found on this website. In case there is an important change that we want to highlight to you, we will inform you in another way (for example via a pop-up notice or statement of changes on our website).
This Privacy Notice applies to the processing of personal information by Micro Focus of:
Micro Focus and its affiliated entities are responsible for processing your personal information described in this Privacy Notice.
Micro Focus can process information about you collected both offline and online.
Offline information about you originates from our interactions with you during in-person meetings or at Micro Focus events, conferences and workshops.
Online information about you originates from your activities on our website, for example, in relation to inquiries or subscription to information, or from your interactions with Micro Focus via electronic communication tools such as email, text and telephone. Information about you may also be provided by third party sources, such as data aggregators who may not have a relationship with you, but you have consented for your information to be shared.
Information about you that Micro Focus may collect and process includes:
Please note that Micro Focus does not control the content that you may post to Micro Focus on social media networks; in some cases, such content may be publicly available on the Internet. You should carefully consider whether you wish to submit personal information to these networks and whether you wish to make your profile available to other users, and you should tailor any content you may submit accordingly.
Micro Focus will use personal information for the following purposes:
For personal information collected about you in the EU (to include the UK), our basis for processing is the following:
Micro Focus maintains personal information for the following retentions periods:
As a global organisation, information about you may be shared globally throughout the Micro Focus worldwide organisation. Micro Focus employees are authorised to access personal information only to the extent necessary to serve applicable purposes in order to perform their job functions.
We share personal information with the following third parties:
When third parties are given access to personal information, we will take appropriate contractual, technical and organisational measures designed to ensure that personal information is processed only to the extent that such processing is necessary, consistent with this Privacy Notice, and in accordance with applicable laws.
Micro Focus is a global organisation with operations in over 40 countries ? personal information is processed globally. If personal information is transferred to a Micro Focus recipient in a country that does not provide an adequate level of protection for personal information, Micro Focus will take measures designed to adequately protect information about you, such as ensuring that such transfers are subject to the terms of the EU Model Clauses.
Micro Focus has implemented appropriate technical, physical and organisational measures designed to protect personal information against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, damage, alteration, unauthorised disclosure or access, as well as all other forms of unlawful processing.
We provide multiple choices in respect of the information we process about you:
To can exercise your choices by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may disclose (but not sell) to a third party personal information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer.
You have the right under the CCPA, as applicable, to opt-out of the sale or disclosure of your personal information. If you exercise your right to opt-out of the disclosure of your personal information, we will refrain from disclosing your personal information, unless you subsequently provide express authorization for the disclosure of your personal information, or we have a legal obligation to disclose your information.
As a company focused on serving the needs of businesses, Micro Focus's website is not directed to minors and Micro Focus does not promote or market its services to minors. If you believe that we have mistakenly or unintentionally collected personal information of a minor through our website please notify us at email@example.com.
Micro Focus is not aware of any justifiable reasons that would constitute a legitimate reason for objecting or complaining about the way we process or control information.
Questions and comments regarding this Privacy Notice are welcomed, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can write to our Privacy Team at the corporate headquarters address listed in section 16 below.
Micro Focus's corporate headquarters are located at:
22-30 Old Bath Road
Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1QN
Micro Focus LLC
4555 Great America Parkway, Ste 400
Santa Clara, CA 95054
United States of America
In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, our priority is to maintain a safe and healthy working environment for our employees, contractors, and visitors. If you are visiting any Micro Focus premises in the foreseeable future, you may be asked to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-declaration form and/or take part in a temperature check (if local directives so require) before being permitted entry to the premises.
As part of these procedures, the information we may collect includes:
(a) in respect of the self-declaration: personal identification information (including your name, employer, email address and telephone number) and confirmation that, in the 21 days prior to your visit, you have or have not experienced any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and are or are not aware of having been in contact with any individual that has presented any symptoms consistent with COVID-19; and
(b) in respect of the temperature check: your temperature reading by way of thermal forehead screening.
If temperature checks are implemented by Micro Focus, your temperature reading will not be recorded or stored by Micro Focus, will not be attributable to you in any way and will only be used by Micro Focus personnel to determine whether your temperature reading falls within the requirements to permit access to Micro Focus premises. The thermal screening will be carried out safely, discretely, and respectfully and in accordance with local requirements. The reading will be securely deleted following the determination relating to your access.
If written self-declarations are implemented by Micro Focus, we will only collect and process the data you provide in order to determine whether you can access the relevant Micro Focus premises.
Micro Focus is processing data (including health related data) in respect of these two procedures in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and to keep our premises safe for all attending individuals. This is necessary to ensure we comply with our employment law obligations, but also for reasons of public interest in the area of public health, such as protecting against serious cross-border threats to health (as permitted by Article 9(2)(i) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation).
The self-declaration forms will be electronically stored centrally and securely, and will only be retained for as long as is necessary (depending on the duration of your visit) to maintain a safe working environment, taking into account local government advice and ongoing risks. Thereafter, the data will be securely deleted by way of shredding as soon as reasonably practical and, in any event, within 22 days of the end of your visit (or series of visits). The data will not be shared with any third party.
Please note that if you do not wish to comply with these procedures, or if your temperature result and/or declaration does not meet the relevant requirements, in the interests of the health and safety of our office you will politely be asked to leave the Micro Focus premises and should inform your Micro Focus contact directly that you are unable to attend.
Please refer to sections 1-16 for further details about our collection and processing of personal data in the context of our day to day business activities, your rights in respect of the information we process, our company details (as a data controller) and how to contact our Privacy Team if you have any questions.
This Code of Conduct replaces the Standards of Business Conduct and The Worldwide Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
Micro Focus works diligently to ensure that the user interfaces of all of its products are designed to make product functionality accessible to people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. This is in conformance with the Section 508 amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act and required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Detailed information on conformance of any Micro Focus product to Section 508 requirements is provided in a standardized form called a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) which is available from Micro Focus upon request.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the "Modern Slavery Act") and covers the Micro Focus financial year starting on 1 November 2019 and ending on 31 October 2020. For the purposes of this statement, the definition of modern slavery is based on the definitions set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and includes slavery, servitude, forced labour, child labour, human trafficking and workplace abuse.
This statement was approved by Micro Focus International Plc's Board of Directors on 24 March 2021 and is published on behalf of Micro Focus International Plc and its qualifying group companies. References to "Micro Focus", "we", "us", "our" or the "company" are to each of these entities.
Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L, NYSE: MFGP) is a global enterprise software company supporting the technology needs and challenges of the Global 2000. Our solutions help organisations leverage existing IT investments, enterprise applications and emerging technologies to address complex, rapidly evolving business requirements while protecting corporate information at all times. Our product portfolios are Security, IT Operations Management, Application Delivery Management, Information Management & Governance and Application Modernization & Connectivity.
Micro Focus is headquartered in Newbury (United Kingdom) and the group has a presence in 48 countries worldwide, employing approximately 11,900 people. For more information visit www.microfocus.com.
Micro Focus is a software company with a professional workforce. In the way and sector in which it operates, Micro Focus does not consider its own employees to be at high-risk of slavery, servitude, forced labour, child labour, human trafficking or workplace abuse.
In relation to our supply chains, we do not have an extensive range of local or international suppliers, nor do we operate any manufacturing facilities. Our supply chain broadly consists of contract and outsourced workers (mostly professional consultants), telephone-based support services and suppliers of goods and other services for our offices, such as stationery suppliers, caterers, office cleaners and marketing merchandise.
We are nonetheless committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery, forced labour and human trafficking does not take place anywhere in our business, distribution or supply chains.
Our operations are mainly office-based although, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of our staff worked from home for a large proportion of the financial year. We have worked hard to support our employees through these challenging times, including conducting an anonymised all-employee survey to better understand their concerns.
Micro Focus remains committed to maintaining zero-tolerance of any form of modern slavery in its business or supply chains. We continue to develop a risk-based approach which includes clearly informing our suppliers of Micro Focus' obligations under the Modern Slavery Act and the ethical standards required of them.
We also continuously review our practices, systems and controls in relation to our supply chains to further identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas and identify ways to further mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring. For example, in view of the large, diverse and growing body of evidence of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against the Uyghur Muslims, Micro Focus has confirmed that none of its vendors have links to the region.
We include requests for information on modern slavery and supply chains in our Requests for Proposals. Some of the practices and controls that we have implemented consist of:
The following policies are in place at Micro Focus to minimise the slavery or human trafficking risk in all parts of our business and supply chains:
Micro Focus' worldwide Code of Conduct outlines our commitment to observing the highest ethical standards to guide our business practices across a number of areas, including in relation to human rights. It states that we must protect and respect human rights and work with our business partners and suppliers to do the same.
The Code of Conduct contains the following key obligations on employees relating to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking:
The Code of Conduct has been communicated to all our employees (including through annual, dedicated online training). It is also reviewed each year (with the last review taking place in December 2020).
Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy outlines our zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and states that modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It sets out that we are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery in our own supply chain.
As with the Code of Conduct, the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy applies to everyone working for or on behalf of Micro Focus and encourages employees to report any concerns immediately. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy was last reviewed in August 2020.
Micro Focus' Global Human Rights Policy confirms that respecting human rights is a core value at Micro Focus and is embedded in the way we do business. Micro Focus seeks to comply with all relevant legislation as well as uphold and respect human rights as reflected in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, amongst others.
These standards include ensuring that the rights of women and minority groups are protected and that employees are able to exercise their right to freedom of expression. We expect our employees, agents, suppliers and business partners to support and respect the protection of human rights in line with our own ethical values and apply the same high standards to all company operations, regardless of geographic location.
Our relationships with our suppliers are required to be fully transparent, ethical and in line with the standards expected of our own employees. To this end, we have a Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes details of our standards on issues such as slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour, which is implemented across the Micro Focus group worldwide.
The Supplier Code of Conduct states that suppliers shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that slavery, servitude, human trafficking, forced or compulsory labour and/or child labour do not take place in their own supply chains or in any part of their business (including making all necessary enquiries with their own suppliers and, to the extent reasonable, other parties in the supply chain). It sets out that suppliers shall comply with the Modern Slavery Act, the commitments in this statement and the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy, as updated from time to time.
Micro Focus' Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy requires that our business is conducted in an ethical, legal and responsible manner, consistent with our zero-tolerance of slavery and human trafficking in all forms.
Our Whistleblowing Policy encourages a culture of openness and transparency across the business so that staff and our suppliers can speak up where they feel our people and customers are at risk, or where areas of wrongdoing have been identified or are suspected. For the purposes of the Whistleblowing Policy, "wrongdoing" includes endangering the health and safety of any individual and a breach of the Code of Conduct and the rest of our policies.
The Whistleblowing Policy explains how to raise a concern, including by staff speaking to their manager, their manager's manager or relevant head of department. Staff and suppliers can also contact the Micro Focus Legal Department or, if anonymity is preferred, use the independent telephone and web reporting service at the following link: http://www.microfocus.ethicspoint.com/. Micro Focus' Legal Department monitors and reviews the Whistleblowing reporting on an ongoing basis to identify behavioural trends and address any concerns raised.
We expect our robust ethical standards and behaviours to apply to and be upheld by all our employees, customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.
At Micro Focus, we aim to be a company with the highest level of ethical standards in how we treat our employees and do business with our partners, customers and suppliers. In pursuit of this aim, we implement and enforce rigorous standards in our relationships with our customers and partners and apply stringent due diligence requirements when entering into any new association to prevent inappropriate, illegal or corrupt behaviours or activities.
Micro Focus holds ISS Prime Status, which is only awarded to companies with an Environmental Social & Governance ("ESG") performance above the sector-specific prime threshold. This means that we fulfil ambitious absolute performance requirements, showing our commitment to driving the highest ethical and business standards.
Social responsibility and the respect for human rights is also a core value at Micro Focus and shapes our behaviours, decision-making and culture. We have evolved and grown our social impact goals to focus on skills, which in turn will decrease the risk of slavery and human-trafficking through better education. Communities must be equipped with the right skills to survive and thrive in our continually evolving digital future. From helping to provide basic education in developing countries and nurturing digital skills in advanced economies, to social mobility, inclusion and diversity, our aim is to ensure that no one is left behind. Our partnerships and new employee volunteering programs focus on learning and upskilling for our communities and employees spanning digital, lifelong learning and wellbeing skills. This will help those communities to have access to professional jobs so that slavery and human-trafficking risk is less likely.
As well as helping our customers address their carbon footprint and adopt carbon friendly IT strategies, such as enabling greater efficiency and longer life from their existing technology, Micro Focus is committed to improving its own carbon footprint. Collectively our leadership team and employees are working to reduce our total energy consumption and waste materials so that our employees and others can benefit from living in a better, safer and healthier environment.
As a UK-incorporated company listed on the London Stock Exchange, we are also required to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code. The Code requires boards to (i) ensure that workforce policies and practices are consistent with the company's values and support its long-term sustainable success, and that the workforce can raise any matters of concern; and (ii) to assess and monitor the company's culture and, if it has concerns, to seek assurance that management has taken corrective action. Our Board of Directors is committed to driving and supporting a culture of ethical behaviours, which reduces the risk of any slavery and human-trafficking happening at Micro Focus or in its supply chains. For more information on our Corporate Social Responsibility ("CSR") initiatives, please see here.
Information on the importance of avoiding modern slavery is specifically included in our Code of Conduct and related training. In 2020, we conducted our annual Code of Conduct training, which is mandatory for all employees, including our Sales, Marketing, Legal, Procurement and Finance teams. The training addresses how to avoid any form of slavery and human trafficking, and it includes a test at the end which all employees are required to pass. It is also available in the following languages to ensure easy accessibility: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
The Code of Conduct training repeats the message that Micro Focus is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships. It states that slavery includes forced labour, human trafficking and bonded labour (when people borrow money they cannot repay and are required to work to pay off the debt). It sets out that slavery has no place anywhere in our business or supply chains and provides a link to this statement and the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
The Board of Micro Focus International Plc has overall responsibility for ensuring that the Micro Focus worldwide Code of Conduct and this statement comply with our legal and ethical obligations and that all those under Micro Focus' control comply with it.
Our Group Compliance Officer, supported by the Legal Corporate Compliance and Ethics team, has primary and day-to-day responsibility for monitoring the Code of Conduct and this statement's use and effectiveness. The Legal Corporate Compliance and Ethics team is also assisted by the wider Legal, CSR, Human Resources, Finance and Global Procurement teams in ensuring the company's compliance with both the letter and spirit of the Modern Slavery Act and this Statement.
To date, Micro Focus has not identified or received any reports that it has caused or contributed to slavery or human trafficking in any way.
Should any issues be identified in relation to slavery or human trafficking, we have appropriate processes in place throughout the company to enable remediation. These processes include Micro Focus' Whistleblowing Policy, embedded in the Code of Conduct, and related whistleblowing telephone and web reporting service (http://www.microfocus.ethicspoint.com/). These mechanisms allow people to safely raise concerns about the impact Micro Focus or other entities in our operations or supply chain may be having on them.
Micro Focus will continue to review the effectiveness of the steps we are taking to ensure the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, operations and supply chain remain low. Where necessary, we will aim to improve any policies, procedures and systems that are already in place.
Name: Stephen Murdoch
These MICRO FOCUS MARKETPLACE END USER PARTICIPATION TERMS ("Participation Terms") are a legal contract between you and, as applicable, Micro Focus International plc or one of its group companies or affiliates ("Micro Focus") and apply to your use of a Micro Focus marketplace (the "Marketplace") and your use of applications made available in the Marketplace (each, an "Application"). These Participation Terms are effective beginning with your initial use of the Marketplace.
Where Micro Focus is the Application Provider, the license to the Application is governed by the Micro Focus EULA found at www.microfocus.com/en-us/legal/software-licensing, effective beginning with your initial use of that Application. Please note that Micro Focus has authorized third parties to contribute Applications of such third parties to the Marketplace and the use of that third-party Application is governed by the terms and conditions specified by the third party rather than by the Micro Focus EULA.
If you do not agree to these Participation Terms, you may not use, download from, or otherwise access the Marketplace. Using, downloading, or otherwise accessing any part of the Marketplace indicates that you accept these Participation Terms. You must be at least 13 (thirteen) years of age to use or access the Marketplace. If you are at least 13 but under the age of 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian's permission to use or access the marketplace.
2. LIMITED ROLE OF MICRO FOCUS: Your agreement with each third-party Application Provider is a binding agreement between you and that Application Provider only. Such third party is solely responsible for the corresponding Application, the content therein, any warranties to the extent that such warranties have not been disclaimed, and any claims relating to that Application. You acknowledge that, except in situations where Micro Focus is the Application Provider, Micro Focus is not a party to the agreement between you and the Application Provider. Micro Focus is not responsible for any third-party Application, the content therein, or any warranties or claims that you or any other party may have relating to that Application. You further acknowledge and agree that, with respect to any Application for which Micro Focus is not the Application Provider, Micro Focus is a third-party beneficiary of the corresponding EULA and, in such capacity, has the right to enforce such EULA against you.
3. PRICES AND TAXES: Prices will be as set out on the Marketplace at the time an order is submitted. Prices are exclusive of taxes, duties, and fees (including installation, shipping, and handling) unless otherwise quoted.
4. INVOICES AND PAYMENT: You agree to pay all invoiced amounts at the time of purchase. Micro Focus may suspend or cancel performance of open orders if You fail to make payments when due. All sales are final.
5. RESTRICTIONS: You agree that Micro Focus and/or third parties own all right, title and interest in and to the Marketplace as a whole and all Applications as to which Micro Focus is the Application Provider (including all patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights relating thereto). Each Application is licensed for use only for a single Micro Focus account, and you may not distribute or make the Application available over a network or for use with multiple devices. You may not modify or alter an Application or use it other than as expressly authorized by the corresponding EULA; provided that, if applicable law permits you to copy or modify the Application, then you may copy and modify the Application solely to the extent, and for such purposes as, expressly permitted by applicable law. You may not attempt to, or assist or encourage any other person or entity to circumvent, disable or modify any security technology or software that is part of the Application or specified by Micro Focus. Except as expressly authorized herein or in such EULA, all rights in the Applications are reserved by the Application Providers. You agree that you will not engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Marketplace or services available through Applications you have downloaded. You further agree that you will not use any Applications you download to interfere with or otherwise disrupt any servers, networks, websites or services.
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8. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Support of an Application is solely as agreed by you and either (i) the applicable third-party Application Provider or (ii) Micro Focus in cases where it is the Application Provider. Micro Focus does not provide support for third-party Applications. For any issues or questions concerning specific third-party Applications, please contact the Application Provider.
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10. REVIEWS: Micro Focus, in its sole discretion, may permit users to post reviews of Applications on the Marketplace. Such reviews reflect the opinions of the reviewers and not Micro Focus, and Micro Focus makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the reviews. You agree that Micro Focus shall have no liability to you if you rely on the reviews to download or use an Application. Micro Focus reserves the right to, but has no obligation to, remove reviews that Micro Focus deems irrelevant or otherwise inappropriate for any reason. If you post a review, you hereby grant Micro Focus a perpetual, worldwide, fully transferable and sub-licensable, irrevocable, royalty-free license to make, use, sell, market, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, perform, and display the review in any manner and for any purpose. You acknowledge that your personally identifiable information may be associated with your review unless you post the review anonymously. If you post a review, you agree not to post, publish or transmit any material that: (i) is false or misleading; (ii) is defamatory; (iii) invades another's privacy; (iv) is obscene, pornographic, or offensive; (v) promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any individual or group; (vi) infringes on another's rights, including but not limited to any intellectual property rights; or (vii) violates, or encourages any conduct that would violate, any applicable law or regulation or would give rise to civil or criminal liability.
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16. TERM AND TERMINATION: These Participation Terms are effective until terminated. Micro Focus may terminate these Participation Terms in whole or as it applies to your use of any Application if you breach any of these Participation Terms. You may terminate it at any time by ceasing to use the Marketplace, provided that any terms relating to your use of each Application will survive unless and until you destroy all copies of such Application and related documentation. Some jurisdictions do not allow the termination of this type of Agreement, so the above provision may be limited in its application to you. In addition, Micro Focus reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Marketplace (or any part or content thereof) at any time with or without notice to you, and Micro Focus will not be liable to you or to any third party should it exercise such rights.
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19. SURVIVAL: Sections 2 (Limited Role of Micro Focus), 4 (Invoices and Payment), 5 (Restrictions), 8 (Customer Service), 9 (Content Accessed Through Applications), 10 (Reviews), 11 (Collection of User Data), 12 (Indemnification), 13 (Warranty and Disclaimers), 14 (Limitation of Liability), 17 (Governing Law), 18 (Enforcement) will survive any expiration or termination of these Participation Terms.
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This document sets out the Group's strategy for managing its tax affairs. The document will be published externally in accordance with recently enacted UK legislation prior to the end of the first applicable accounting period commencing 1 May 2017 and re-issued on an annual basis thereafter.
Overall responsibility for the Tax Strategy rests with the Board.
The detailed policies for implementing the Tax Strategy are set out in the Group's Tax Policy document. Responsibility for updating and implementing the Tax Policy rests with the Chief Financial Officer.
The Audit Committee monitors compliance with the Tax Strategy and reports / makes recommendations to the Board accordingly.
The Tax Strategy is kept under ongoing review and is subject to formal review by the Board at least once a year.
The Group's strategy with regards to tax is:
The Group's tax strategy is fully consistent with the CBI's tax principles for UK business (attached).
Further details are set below.
Compliance and engagement with tax authorities
The Group will pay the amount of tax legally due in each territory.
Where the application of tax law is unclear, the Group will obtain appropriate professional advice which will support the position taken in the relevant tax return.
The Group will develop good working relationships and be fully open, honest and transparent in its dealings with HMRC in the UK and other tax authorities. The Group will aim to meet with HMRC on a formal basis at least annually to update them on business developments and significant ongoing / forthcoming projects. The Group will cooperate fully with enquiries raised by tax authorities and aim to respond to requests for information within one month of receipt; where that is not possible, we will discuss the appropriate timeline with the tax authorities.
The Group is committed to managing its tax costs as part of its strategy to maximise total shareholder returns.
The Group issues guidance to investors and other stakeholders with regards to its forecast Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (being the tax charge in respect of the Adjusted Profit Before Tax divided by the Adjusted Profit Before Tax, in percentage terms) in the medium term. This is for stakeholder information purposes and does not constitute a formal performance target.
All tax planning undertaken must be driven by a business purpose or commercial rationale and support the Group's business objectives. The Group will only enter into transactions which are fully justifiable in the event of scrutiny by the Group's wider stakeholders.
The Group will be fully open, honest and transparent with tax authorities with regards to all tax planning undertaken.
Tax risks will be managed in accordance with the Group's risk management framework and procedures. This includes the maintenance of a tax risk register, which sets out the material tax risks faced by the Group. This will be reviewed by the Audit Committee at least twice per year.
The tax implications of all major transactions (for example M&A transactions, corporate structure changes, and cross-border intra-group transactions) will be reviewed in advance by the Group Tax team with appropriate support from external advisors.
The Group will ensure that all decisions are taken at the appropriate level with appropriate supporting documentation. As part of the decision-making process, due consideration will be given to the Group's reputation and corporate and social responsibilities.
The Group accepts that certainty of tax treatment cannot be achieved in all circumstances (in the context of both compliance and planning). The precise amount of tax risk the Group is willing to bear will depend on the facts and circumstances relevant to the issue under consideration. The level of tax risk, which the Group is exposed to overall, is considered as part of the review of the tax risk register and the level of provisions for tax exposures in the Group's financial statements.
The Group's financial reports, stakeholder presentations and other publicly-available documentation will provide stakeholders with a clear understanding of the Group's tax position, including its tax strategy and governance processes as well as the financial position (effective tax rate, taxes paid and tax assets/liabilities).
This statement of principles is intended to promote and affirm responsible business tax management by UK businesses. These principles are based on five key observations:
Relationships between UK businesses and HMRC should be transparent, constructive, and based on mutual trust with the result that HMRC should treat business fairly and with respect, and with an appropriate focus on areas of risk. UK businesses should, therefore: