Human rights

We respect and protect human rights

What do we mean?

Wherever we work in the world we ensure that we do not exploit anyone. We uphold the rights of all those who work for or with us and of the communities in which we operate. This means refusing to do business with any individual, company or organisation that fails to uphold the standards and principles of basic human rights or has links with an oppressive regime that give us cause for concern.

Human rights

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed certain fundamental rights and freedoms. These include the right to life, liberty and security; equal rights of men and women; the right to protection under the law and against discrimination, slavery, servitude, torture, or inhumane or degrading treatment; and freedom of speech, thought, conscience and religion.

We do not tolerate forced, debt bonded, indentured labour practices, or human trafficking.  In the UK, we expect every party who we have dealings with to adhere to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, as we do ourselves.

Our commitments

  • To support all the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • To support the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in relation to slavery and human trafficking
  • To support the International Labour Organisation’s standards regarding child labour and minimum age
  • To comply with national legal requirements regarding wages and working hours
  • To comply with this Code and every business policy setting out the rights of everyone who works for or with us, or who is impacted in any way by our activities
  • To observe, protect and promote these rights wherever we operate
  • To encourage our staff and suppliers to identify any person they think may be at risk from these practices and so help us to help people at risk