Alongside our values of Integrity and Respect, the framework reinforces the continued development of a business model which aids the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals through the improvement of industry standards, community support and job creation.
We are proud of our role in society and of the positive contribution we make to the realisation of human rights through the range of services we offer and the standards which we apply.
However, we also recognise that we have a duty to ensure that we are not at risk of violating human rights through the services we provide, the customers we work with, the suppliers we use, or through the treatment of our own employees and others who are in our care.
Progress in 2017
The standards set by our human rights policy have been embedded into our business policies and processes, such as our ethics policy, HR core standards, and the group risk and compliance systems. For example, investment proposals are assessed on whether they can be achieved in line with our company values and standards, as well as on the basis of appropriate operational delivery, commercial risk and financial return.
During 2017, we have:
- Developed and implemented a human rights awareness programme for senior managers, beginning with the Group Internal Audit department.
- Conducted 65 human rights control self-assessments of businesses operating in high-risk countries.
- Commenced a programme of internal audits of human rights controls of businesses in high-risk countries, carrying out audits in 2017.
- Assessed operational and other business issues against our ‘risk universe’, such as human rights and other CSR risks.
- Published our first slavery and human-trafficking statement, setting out the actions we have taken to help prevent modern slavery within our business and supply chain, including the development and implementation of our Supplier Code of Conduct and our migrant worker policy.
- Updated our Supplier Code of Conduct
- Commissioned an independent review of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre following allegations of unacceptable behaviour and treatment of detainees by employees.
During the course of 2018, we will continue to implement our human rights framework and further develop our approach to human rights in line with emerging good practice.
- Review human rights risks across the Group’s geographic footprint and update our human rights heatmap.
- Conduct human rights control self assessments and continue programme of internal audits of businesses operating in high-risk environments.
- Carry out human rights risk assessment in key business areas.
- Review and implement key actions resulting from the independent review of Brook House IRC.
- Continue to build awareness of human rights responsibilities across the Group’s businesses.
Our approach to human rights
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