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 achieve this by a number of steps:
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.
We have relationships with external businesses to source labour and materials/waste for our business. The majority of our suppliers are UK companies. Suppliers of goods and services to SUEZ must comply with all relevant legislation and international standards as relevant to their industry, including, child and forced labour, health and safety of workers, non-discrimination, employment law, human rights, fraud, bribery and corruption. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
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 are working with ‘Hope for Justice’ (http://hopeforjustice.org/united-kingdom/), an international anti-human-trafficking charity, in providing a program 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
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 is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the SUEZ anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2017.
This statement has been approved by the board of SUEZ, 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