At Oxford Instruments, we are committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery, including servitude, forced, bonded and compulsory labour and human trafficking and we expect our suppliers to adopt the same approach.
We are a leading provider of high-technology tools and systems for industry and research. We have discrete business groups operating internationally in the nanotechnology solutions, information and services sectors. We recognise the importance of the protection of human rights across our Group.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery and human trafficking, we have developed our internal policies and procedures to reinforce our approach on modern slavery and human trafficking. These documents are designed to be easy to use and are intended to assist our employees in their due diligence of suppliers. In addition, we are developing a global code of business conduct, which will be a publically available document, and will send a clear message to stakeholders and investors of our business principles and ethics.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and to putting in place effective systems and controls which aim to ensure there is no modern slavery taking place anywhere in our own business or in our supply chains. As part of this commitment, we have undertaken a review of, and made improvements to, our supplier due diligence and audit procedures. Where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of those individuals at risk as a priority, we give support and guidance to our suppliers to help them address concerns in their own business and supply chain.
In each Oxford Instruments business, we conduct internal auditing to review compliance with our processes. We take a risk-based approach and have developed our processes to create detailed profiles of key and high-risk suppliers. Both new and existing key and high-risk suppliers are encouraged to adopt the same or similar standards to those contained within our policies and they are expected to hold their own suppliers to the same or similar standards. We have commenced an annual auditing cycle of our key and high-risk suppliers through the use of questionnaires and, with supplier feedback, we seek to continually improve our systems of audit.
We believe in the importance of educating our employees on human rights issues and have launched training for relevant employees to help them to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through this training, our employees are encouraged to use our procedures for Reporting a Business Malpractice to report any concerns they might have, which includes access to an independent whistleblowing service, ‘SafeCall’.
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 01 April 2017 and ending 31 March 2018, and will be reviewed in September 2018. The entities in our Group which fall within the criteria defined in the Act are Oxford Instruments plc, Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Limited and Andor Technology Limited.
Chief Executive, Oxford Instruments plc