We are committed to conducting business ethically and to ensuring that the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within our business is mitigated and we expect our suppliers to meet the same high standards.
Modern slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour and human trafficking. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in our business and supply chains. We encourage employees to challenge any areas where they feel that the procurement of goods and services are not in accordance with acceptable ethical standards.
We take a risk-based approach to our supplier management and keep them under review. We assess whether the circumstances warrant the inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked labour. Using our risked based approach, we will also assess the merits of writing to suppliers requiring them to comply with the minimum standards required to combat modern slavery and trafficking.