Ethics and compliance
The Group is committed to conducting its business with integrity. High standards of professional and ethical conduct are expected throughout its operations acting in compliance with the laws and regulations in jurisdictions in which the Group operates. These principles are embedded in the Group's Code of Conduct to which each employee is expected to adhere.
The Group supports and encourages employees to report any incident or suspicion of any form of malpractice. Employees have a number of ways in which they may communicate their concerns, within their own division, or with the Group Company Secretary. Should an employee wish to speak to someone outside of the Group or to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact an independent whistleblowing service, through which they may voice their concerns, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Notices, displaying contact details of these whistleblowing services are posted on staff notice boards throughout each facility.
All whistleblowing notifications are followed up by an appropriate independent individual and a summary report of all notifications and follow up is reported to the Board at each Board meeting.
Human rights and modern slavery
The Group is committed to respecting human rights across all of its operations and therefore aims to work at the highest international standards as well as complying with local legislation. The Group fully supports the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has worked during the year to ensure that the Group's activities and activities within its supply chain do not infringe or encourage abuses of any human rights.
All divisions have completed a number of initiatives in respect of their supply chains to ensure these organisations recognised their responsibility and commitment to a workforce that is not subject to human rights abuses, including modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking.
More detailed due diligence checks, in the form of compliance audits were conducted in certain areas that were considered more at risk of these practices to ensure employee welfare policies, including provision for the prevention of forced labour, under age working, human trafficking and provision of contracts of employment were in force.