Halma supports the provisions set out in the Modern Slavery Act (“the Act”) and, through our own Human Rights and Labour Conditions Policy, endorses the core requirements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including the conventions relating to forced labour, child labour, non-discrimination, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining. We do not tolerate practices which contravene these international standards. Regulatory demands upon us vary considerably around the world, so Halma establishes the core structure to ensure that Group companies fully comply with legislative and regulatory requirements while permitting them to tailor their approach to their particular needs.
The Act requires organizations to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement on an annual basis where they have a turnover of over £36 million, carry on business in the UK and are supplying goods or services. This statement sets out the steps we have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains.
Our products provide innovative solutions for many of the key problems facing the world today. Halma employs over 5,600 people in nearly 50 businesses based in more than 20 countries. Our companies and products have a core focus on safety, health and environmental markets.
Halma plc is the parent company employing the leadership team which sets the framework under which Group companies operate. It does not supply goods or provide any services to third parties.
There are three operating subsidiaries within the Halma group which meet the reporting criteria under the Act:
Halma has a culture of openness, integrity and accountability. We require our employees to act fairly in their dealings with fellow employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.
We do not believe that we operate in any high-risk industries and, based on the Global Slavery Index 2016, we do not have business operations in the highest risk countries.
Our worldwide Code of Conduct sets out the ethical standards that should govern the activities of Halma and its subsidiaries, and the activities of our employees and business partners. Our policies and procedures are being updated to specifically reference modern slavery and human trafficking.
The Group has a clear whistleblowing policy and an established third-party whistleblowing hotline which allows employees in any of our businesses to raise concerns confidentially, anonymously (where permitted by law) and independent of their company.
BEA, Crowcon and Apollo regularly undertake audits of their major suppliers. Prior to engaging with major suppliers, due diligence and vetting procedures are in place to ensure that suppliers will meet our required standards.
As Chief Executive, I will continue to lead this important agenda for our Group and will report next on the steps that we have taken in October 2017.
This statement was approved by the Board of Halma plc and signed on its behalf by:
30 September 2016