The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) which came into force in October of the same year, consolidates offences relating to trafficking and slavery.
The Liberty Steel Organisation is proud of the values it already applies to its global manufacturing operations, which includes at its heart, conducting business to the highest ethical standards with good social conscience. We are nevertheless not complacent, and committed to continually improving our practices to help in combating global slavery and human trafficking.
We have a clear mission to transform steel and related manufacturing into a global technology and product leader through our GREENSTEEL plan. This relies heavily on investment in people, knowledge and customers. In an ever more demanding environment, our global corporate responsibility is actively supported by our shared corporate values.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
The Liberty Steel Organisation has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We recognise our responsibility to raise awareness on this important issue and have continued to provide advice and guidance to those teams who have direct responsibility for relevant supply chains. Within our Code of Conduct, we reiterate that we will not tolerate or condone abuse of human rights within any part of our business or supply chains and will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected.
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have systems in place to Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains. Detailed due diligence is carried out before we engage with potential new suppliers within our business, which includes asking them to provide evidence that they operate ethically and responsibly in line with our own Code of Conduct.
We have mandatory compliance training courses which are designed to help employees across the Company understand the underlying principles, objectives and practical implications of our Code of Conduct and, in turn, reflect upon their personal responsibilities and behaviours.
Employees who have become aware of any of these abuse of rights are encouraged to report via our Whistleblowing process which allows for any allegations to be fully investigated.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Act and constitutes the Liberty Steel Organisation slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.
Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Steel UK