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Working to protect human rights and eliminate modern slavery

Caroline Bland, Compliance and Risk Manager, Global Support, London

Our support for the principles laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continues. In the area of modern slavery, our programme has focused on training, communication and risk management. 

Core documents, including our Code of Conduct and Business Partner Code of Conduct, now make specific reference to modern slavery and give details of the responsibilities we and our business partners share to keep our operations and supply chain free of modern slavery. 
Our revised mandatory Code of Conduct training, rolled out to all colleagues in early 2017, covered this topic. We supplemented this with enhanced, specific e-learning for a core group of just over 900 colleagues with management and procurement responsibilities. Business partners in some of our higher risk locations were also given training. 

The majority of our business and supply chain is low risk, and in countries with a low prevalence of modern slavery according to the current Global Slavery Index. Nevertheless, our risk assessments identified a few areas of higher risk, and the programme continues to monitor the suite of controls and actions that aim to address this.

At the end of 2017, we started the preparations for the delivery of a Group-level Human Rights Impact assessment, scheduled to run through H1 2018. The findings of this will inform our ongoing human rights strategy. 

Modern Slavery Statement which looks at our most material Human Rights risk,

To see our codes and policies, please click here