Respecting human rights is a fundamental part of our commitment to protecting stakeholders.
To ensure respect for human rights in all our activities, our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy requires us to:
- respect and support internationally recognised human rights standards and seek to ensure non-complicity in human rights abuses;
- identify, assess and manage human rights risks within our sphere of influence; and
- ensure we have appropriate mechanisms in place for raising and addressing grievances.
Our approach upholds our long-standing support for international standards including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We have set CR objectives to improve our position regarding the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act. Read our Modern Slavery Act statement.
Our ‘rights aware’ approach involves identifying potential human rights issues in our activities, assessing if we have influence over the issues and defining appropriate action to be taken by the business.
We expect the specialist contractors we use to have well-developed employment practices. However, they may subcontract to other agencies and suppliers with unclear practices, especially in locations with weaker human rights regulations.
When we use direct suppliers, we require them to understand and adhere to our requirements on human rights as described in our Code of Ethics. We have zero tolerance of any form of modern slavery and require protection of the rights of workers in the supply chain. While our influence diminishes further down the supply chain, we continue to encourage our contractors to apply good practice.