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Modern Day Slavery

Modern Day Slavery Act

Bunzl’s current modern slavery statement, which is made in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Bunzl plc, its subsidiaries and operating divisions are taking with a view to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in Bunzl’s supply chain or in any part of its business, can be downloaded below.

Bunzl modern slavery statement

Our commitment

Bunzl is wholly committed to respecting human rights across both our own operations and our supply chain. We also take appropriate action to ensure that all our employees understand our policy of eliminating forced labour, child labour and human trafficking and aim to ensure that our suppliers apply this standard within their operations and their own supply chains.

Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

For over ten years, Bunzl has adhered to a comprehensive suite of corporate responsibility policies that cover key impacts to our business. Our Employees policy requires all businesses to develop policies which reflect the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and local legislative requirements together with other Group standards. Our Suppliers policy and Supplier code of conduct also require compliance with internationally recognised minimum requirements for workers’ welfare and conditions of employment as defined by the International Labour Organization or the Ethical Trading Initiative, which specifically prohibit forced labour i.e. slavery and human trafficking.

Our Employees policy is implemented and monitored by a team of human resource professionals and is reviewed by our internal auditors who periodically visit Bunzl locations and audit the operations to ensure that they meet the relevant standards. In addition, we have a “Speak Up” policy providing a dedicated confidential reporting mechanism where employees can raise issues of concern.

Looking ahead

Our main objectives for 2018 are the following:

  • Continue to refine our global risk assessment process to establish direct and indirect social risks, including modern slavery risks in our supply chain. This includes a review of our global supplier base, taking into account geography and product category.
  • Further expand our social risk audit programme into geographies with medium levels of social risks.
  • Complete the process of writing to all suppliers in countries with medium or high social risks and our main suppliers by value in other countries with relatively low direct social risks.
  • Further expand capacity building and training of our suppliers in Asia.