Modern Slavery Statement 2018

Robert Bird Group (RBG) are committed to upholding the human rights of all those who work for us, with us, or partner with us, and will comply with international conventions regarding human rights and the provisions within the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

RBG is a professional consultancy services provider with a diverse supply chain including professional services firms acting as subconsultants and suppliers of services and equipment to our offices and used in the provision of our Services. RBG has a global reach with offices across the world, we implement and maintain zero tolerance towards any breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and/or the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Our Commitments

RBG is committed to:

  • Creating a safe, inclusive, discrimination and bias free working environment;
  • Implementing and upholding the principles defined by the UDHR, compliance with the 1998 International Labour Organisation Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • Compliance with local labour laws, customs and practices in the jurisdictions in which we operate, including protection of the rights of all local and migrant workers;
  • Complying with minimum wage and age requirements in the jurisdictions in which we operate;
  • Adhering to statutory frameworks and regulations regarding working hours and conditions;
  • Providing a platform for employees and staff to raise and resolve issues in a collaborative and supportive environment;
  • Fostering and encouraging a culture in which employees take an active and participatory role in making the workplace environment a supportive and welcoming place for all;
  • Providing a secure working environment with adequate welfare amenities and facilities
  • Regular review of our systems and procedures to confirm their continued relevance and effectiveness

RBG will never knowingly:

  • Exploit or permit any person to be exploited;
  • Permit or tolerate any exploitation under or in connection with our name;
  • Do business with individuals or organisations that do not implement and comply with the human rights customs and practices that we ourselves uphold;
  • Influence an employee’s decision to exercise their rights to become a member of, or participate in, any union, staff support organisation or professional body.

Action Taken in the Last Year

Supply Chain

We have continued to build mutual understanding with our supply chain partners including:

  • Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility agreements in contractual arrangements with supplier partners worldwide;
  • Visiting our supplier partners in India and Poland to audit compliance with our corporate policies and identified areas for collaborative development of a shared culture;
  • Updated supplier prequalification requirements with more detailed requirements to demonstrate the steps taken to ensure highest standards of human rights in our supply chain. The process of aligning existing suppliers with the new requirements is ongoing in 2019

Policy and Governance

In the last quarter of 2018 we established a new working group of senior executives to drive continual improvements in corporate policy and governance, working towards best practice in all areas.

This statement relates to the financial year ending 31st December 2018

Jason Beutel

Chief Executive Officer

02/07/2019

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