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Slavery and forced labour (FOI21986)

This Freedom of Information request asks whether OS condones the actions of Dubai government in relation to slavery and forced labour.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI21986


Thank you for your email of 24 February 2021, requesting information from Ordnance Survey, as set out below:-.

“I would like to know whether your organisation working with the government of Dubai means they condone the actions of said government with relation to slavery and forced labour.”

After further consideration, your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold information in relation to your request however, we consider this information to be exempt from disclosure under section 21 (Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means) of the FOIA, as explained below:-

You can view our current Anti-Slavery Policy Statement via our website. This sets out the steps Ordnance Survey Limited has undertaken and is continuing to take, to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. Ordnance Survey Limited take a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our Internal Review Officer by contacting them, within two months of receipt of our final response to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request, as follows:

Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

Contact us via our FoI form

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal, within three months of receiving our response, with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Further information can be found on the ICO website ( under ‘Report a concern’ or you may wish to call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113.