This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the SUEZ anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.
This statement sets out SUEZ’s actions to identify all potential modern slavery risks related to its business in the UK and to put in place reasonable steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain. We are committed to conducting business responsibly and to maintaining and improving systems and processes to reduce the risk of slavery or human trafficking in our business and supply chain. All references to SUEZ in this statement include all UK SUEZ Group companies, all of which have endorsed this statement and the actions within.
Slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (Modern Slavery) is a world-wide and growing issue given the rapid rise in global migration. The sector in which we operate can be attractive to perpetrators of this type of crime so as a leading integrated water and waste management and recycling business in the UK, the company recognises the need to adopt a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. SUEZ has a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery within our operations and supply chain and staff are expected to report concerns, using a variety of appropriate reporting channels, and we are committed to act upon any such reports.
SUEZ in the UK commits to developing and delivering a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation. We will continue to achieve this by carrying out the following:
SUEZ operates at over 300 sites across the UK providing recycling and recovery services, and water services. Our business headquarters are in Maidenhead, UK and we employ over 5,000 people across the UK Group. The following companies are covered by this statement:
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery South East Ltd
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Lancashire Ltd
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley Ltd
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Surrey Ltd
Ondeo Industrial Solutions UK Limited
SUEZ has in place the following policies and procedures that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
We continue to work with ‘Hope for Justice’ (http://hopeforjustice.org/united-kingdom/), an international anti-human-trafficking charity, in providing a programme to promote awareness of modern slavery. This has been prioritised in the areas of our business operations where the risk of modern slavery practices have been assessed to be the greatest and includes:
The training includes:
SUEZ has trained circa 100 employees to date in SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. Going forward training will be implemented through the development of SUEZ's in-house training course, delivered via a digital platform.
During 2019, SUEZ aims to work with Hope for Justice to roll-out training, by way of Webex and classroom sessions to senior managers, team leaders and supervisors, as well as to its HR team.
To underpin our compliance, we implemented the following measures:
The Company will consider the impact on any person working for us or on our behalf who believes they are a victim of slavery, human trafficking or forced labour, and aims to support any such person, including assisting that person in reporting this concern to the appropriate authorities.
This statement has been approved by the board of SUEZ on 07 May 2019 who will review and update it annually.
David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
On behalf of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK Group Companies
Katherine Walsh, UKIN HR Manager, SUEZ water technologies and solutions UK
On behalf of SUEZ water technologies and solutions UK Group Companies