Our policy in respect of slavery and human trafficking is to eliminate both from our business and from our supply chain.
We recognise the importance of maintaining both visibility and transparency within our own operations and our supply chain. It is important to us to protect our employees and those of our suppliers from potential abuse and exploitation.
We have a global whistleblowing programme, Speak Up, which is managed by an independent company, so that our employees, suppliers and others can raise, in confidence, any concerns they may have about how we conduct our business, or if they are witness to, or subjected to, any abuse of human rights.Each case is investigated and followed up by an assigned case manager. The CR Committee, Audit Committee and Executive Board receive regular updates on the nature of the reports and agree specific actions, including assessment and changes as required, reporting back to the Board. The content of the Speak Up reports are analysed to ensure we focus on and direct resources to potential areas of vulnerability. In 2017-2018, we received 4,351 reports (2016-2017: 3,697).
The charts below relate to the financial year ended 30 September 2018.
The charts below relate to the financial year ended 30 September 2017.