Despite the progress that many countries have made in recognising the rights of people as enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, modern slavery and the abuse of the rights of people individually or collectively remain a major concern. We believe that businesses have a significant role to play in helping to lead the eradication of these abhorrent practices and we are fully committed to ensuring that these practices have no place in our company or our suppliers.
We utilise the framework outlined in detail in the Code of Contact v6.0 (2018) and issues by the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).
We regard this code as a total supply chain initiative and require, at the minimum, our next-tier suppliers to acknowledge and implement this code. We have fully adopted this code as our Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC).
Fundamental to adopting this code is the understanding that a business, in all of its activities, must operate in full compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations of the countries in which it operates. We expect our suppliers to go beyond legal compliance, drawing upon internationally recognised standards, in order to advance social and environmental responsibility and business ethics. In alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the provisions in this Code are derived from key international human rights standards including the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With respect to the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), we are fully committed to ensuring that all our people within the company are fully briefed on our obligations and are encouraged to bring forward any concerns with respect to any potential abuse of the rights of people within the company and throughout our supplier chain. We are fully committed to ensuring that any concerns will be thoroughly researched and acted upon with urgency.
Specific aspects of our SCC include the following and are detailed within the document which is freely available, as is the RBA Code of Conduct.
- Freely chosen employment
- Reasonable working hours
- Humane treatment free of all harassment
- Freedom of association
- Non-exploitation of children
- Provision of wages and benefits
- Non-discrimination including race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, religion etc
Our leadership team is fully committed to ensuring that in their interactions with our internal and external stakeholders, they will always be vigilant to ensure that our SCC is fully respected at all times.
If you would like a copy of our Supplier Code of Conduct or Modern Slavery Act, please contact us.