Ethically produced.org: Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) and the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Australia) and constitutes the Ethicallyproduced.org slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2022.
We are a provider of ethical certification and auditing services within Australia, as well as to all global markets. The impact of COVID-19 on the global manufacturing and supply chain has been devastating for commerce. For Ethicallyproduced.org, the scope of our services have significantly become a more important focus as we tackle an every changing world.
Since 2022, to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) we established our support of the ten principles of the UNGC on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption and expressing our commitment to making the UNGC and its principles part of the strategy, culture, and day-to-day operation of our business.
Of relevance in this context, principle one sets out the need to support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, principle four requires the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour and principle five supports the effective abolition of child labour. Our Communication on Progress describes our ongoing commitment to these UNGC principles at Ethicallyproduced.org.
We comply with applicable employment laws relating to employee terms and conditions and constantly work to build an engaged employee culture. We recognise that we are a multi-faceted company – a certification, customer service, auditing and research business. This requires a vast range of knowledge, experience, and diversity to succeed. We believe that building an inclusive and supportive culture where we encourage, understand, and respect our differences, ensures our people thrive and our customers benefit. The absolute fundamentals of safety and security remain our core priorities, and despite the impact of Covid-19, we will continue to explore opportunities to strengthen our employee engagement and promote diversity and inclusion. Ethicallyproduced.org internal material sets out the behaviour we expect from our employees and describes our business principles. The Code of Conduct makes it clear that we will not tolerate child labour and are committed to the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour. Through our Code of Conduct we also commit to the application of social, ethical, and environmental considerations in our procurement and supply chain decisions. All employees (under all contract forms) are required to abide by the Code of Conduct.
We protect whistle-blowers and encourage all employees to raise concerns about potentially unethical or illegal conduct, while assuring confidentiality and protection against retaliation or any form of harassment. An independent, free ‘Speak Up’ service (phone and online) is provided for situations where raising concerns via the individual’s manager or human resources business partner is not appropriate. Our Just Culture and Reporting policy and procedures support a fair and confidential process.
Our Supply Chain
We operate a centralised supply chain. Our supply chain sources significant quantities of goods and services from around the globe. Given the international nature of our operations, our supply chain consists of a broad variety of suppliers operating within different geographical and regulatory environments. We recognise that the international nature of our supply chain requires constant monitoring and review to ensure that we minimise and mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.
In response to Covid-19, our supply chain had to adjust quickly to the changing demands of our business. Despite the impact of Covid-19 on our organisation and supply chain, we remain focused on identifying risks within our organisation and in our supply chain, and minimising or mitigating such risks as appropriate. We have also continued to look at opportunities to develop and evolve our processes and approach. While Covid-19 has provided some obstacles, we remain committed to minimising any possibility of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
To identify and mitigate risk in our supply chain, we have a Procurement Policy and a Procurement Standard which prescribe the process for appointing new suppliers, conducting supplier due diligence, establishing supply arrangements, executing supply contracts as well as making purchases and placing orders. Thereafter, we have established systems to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains. Where particular products, services or geographies present a higher sustainability risk, additional assessment and monitoring procedures may be applied.
We have conducted annual audits. The audit programme is designed to build awareness of modern slavery risk, practices, and standards with these manufacturing companies. The audit programme is aligned to SA8000 certificate, is modelled on ISO standards, and is designed to encourage organisations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace by assessing over 150 checkpoints. We continue to monitor critical, major, and minor non-compliance incidents and matters, and where specific instances have been raised, we ensure detailed remedial plans are prepared and implemented.
We are committed to the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility and ethical conduct. We have a supplier code of conduct to ensure that these same commitments are made by our supply chain. The Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the behaviours we expect from suppliers, particularly around sustainability and improving supply chain transparency. Through the Supplier Code of Conduct, we encourage our suppliers to embrace international standards relating to human rights. Suppliers must respect the labour rights of their employees in the workplace and monitor human rights within their supply chain. As a minimum, suppliers must ensure that employees engaged in the manufacture and supply of products and services are voluntarily employed, and under no circumstance is any form of forced, coerced, bonded, indentured or involuntary labour used.
Our standard supply contract templates include a contractual obligation on the supplier to comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers are required to report any non-compliance, implement remedial plans as appropriate and, if remediation is not possible or not undertaken, the contract, certification and membership to Ethicallyproduced.org may be terminated. We also commit to observe the principles within the Supplier Code of Conduct.
We continue to focus effort on achieving our goal of having adoption of our Supplier Code of Conduct by all of our suppliers. To achieve this, we have recently purchased a digital supplier management platform to enable a seamless and comprehensive assurance process across our supply chain and provide us with enhanced reporting and analytics. We are in the process of integrating and implementing the platform into our systems. We intend to use the platform to effectively assess and track ongoing supplier risk factors and dependencies throughout our supply chain, including but not limited to expanding our Supply Code of Conduct assurance requirements, establishing a supplier self-assessment questionnaire to support the identification of modern slavery and human trafficking risks, improve communication between us and our suppliers, improve transparency of our supply chain including enabling an enterprise view of each supplier relationship, and allow us to prevent, mitigate and implement appropriate corrective actions.
Our newly established supply chain risk programme is responsible for monitoring our supply chain, as well as ensuring appropriate due diligence processes are undertaken throughout the supplier selection, onboarding, and management processes.
Training and building capability
All Ethicallyproduced.org employees are required to undergo training modules on an annual basis, including training relating to the Ethicallyproduced.org Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct training completion reports are reported to the Ethicallyproduced.org Policy Management Committee and the Audit Committee.
We introduced targeted training for our employees for the detection and prevention of human trafficking.
We are also looking at developing modern slavery and human trafficking awareness training for our employees responsible for management of our supply chain.
We will continue to work with other airlines and industry experts to ensure that the training that we introduce will be effective so that we can play our part in eliminating human trafficking.
This statement was approved by the Board of Ethicallyproduced.org on 20 August 2022.
Anjali Kumanan, Chairman Liam Byrne, CEO
Ethicallyproduced.org Date: 20 August 2022