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The purpose of this statement is to affirm our established commitment to human rights and our commitment against contributing to, participating in, or enabling the use of child, forced, or exploited labor or forced or exploitative conditions and against assisting our clients in doing so in any way.


As a participant in the UN Global Compact, McKinsey supports the Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We strive to adhere to the principles set forth in these standards, as aligned with those aspects that apply to McKinsey and the services we provide, and comply with all applicable laws, wherever we operate.

McKinsey respects our colleagues’ ability to agree to terms and conditions of employment voluntarily without coercion and to end their employment on appropriate notice freely. Further, we support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor and the effective abolition of child labor and human trafficking. Our UK statement on modern slavery, a country-level statement that further demonstrates our commitment to these principles, is made publicly available on the McKinsey UK website.

Specifically, McKinsey is committed to compliance with all laws regulating minimum working age for each individual’s position, including any laws pertaining to the employment, apprenticeship, and internship of youths and students. We also strictly prohibit the use of forced labor and exploitative working conditions. “Forced labor” is defined by ILO as “work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

It is a violation of this statement for any colleague, in any way and in any process, to participate, enable, or cause any individual under the legal working age to be employed or engaged by McKinsey; to contribute to, participate in, or enable any use of child, forced, or exploited labor or forced or exploitative conditions; and to assist our clients in doing so in any way and in any process.

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As outlined further in McKinsey’s Code of Professional Conduct, every colleague has the right to address ethical concerns in good faith without fear of retribution, including punishment or harassment from colleagues, supervisors, or firm management. We forbid retaliation of any kind against employees who, in good faith, report potential or actual ethical or legal violations.