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Modern Slavery Act

Modern Day Slavery Act

Bunzl's modern slavery statement is made in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’) and sets out the steps that Bunzl plc, its subsidiaries and operating divisions (together ‘Bunzl’ or ‘the Group’) 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. This statement can be downloaded below:

Bunzl modern slavery statement

Our commitment

Modern slavery is a global issue and requires global action. As an international business we are wholly committed to eliminating modern slavery practices and respecting human rights across both our own operations and our supply chain. We take appropriate action to ensure that all our employees understand our policy of eliminating forced labour, child labour and human trafficking. We expect our suppliers to meet or exceed local legislative requirements and applicable international requirements for workers’ welfare and conditions of employment, such as those set by the International Labour Organization (‘ILO’) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (‘ETI’) and aim to ensure that our suppliers apply these standards 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 CR policies that cover key impacts to our business. Our policies require all businesses to develop policies which reflect the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and local legislative requirements together with other Group standards. Our policies and Supplier code of conduct also require compliance with internationally recognised minimum requirements for workers’ welfare and conditions of employment as defined by the ILO or the ETI which specifically prohibit forced labour i.e. slavery and human trafficking.

Our policies are implemented and monitored by a team of human resource professionals and are 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.
We have developed a Supplier code of conduct that defines the principles and standards that Bunzl expects suppliers of goods and services to adhere to, both within their operations and their supply chains. In particular, we expect our suppliers to meet or exceed local legislative requirements and applicable international requirements for workers’ welfare and conditions of employment, such as those set by the ILO and the ETI. The Supplier code of conduct is available in several languages and is actively communicated to suppliers, particularly in those countries with increased risk of modern slavery and other social risks.

Looking ahead

Our main objectives for 2019 are the following:
• Continue to optimise and expand our audit programme by increasing the number of Asian suppliers in scope of the programme, carrying out more in-depth audits of higher risk suppliers and ensuring that, in addition to the audits in Asia, all suppliers in very high risk countries outside Asia are audited on social risks.
• Further expand capacity building and training of our suppliers in Asia by organising supplier conferences in India and China.
• Further enhancement of communication of our Supplier code of conduct to suppliers in medium, high and very high risk countries.
• Development of social risk training materials aimed at further increasing of our businesses’ awareness of the risks of modern slavery and our programmes to mitigate these risks.