This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps BAE Systems plc and its subsidiaries have taken to identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain, in the UK, during the year to 31 December 2021.
At BAE Systems, we serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us, in a corporate culture that is performance driven and values led.
We employ a skilled workforce of 90,500 people in more than 40 countries. We help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information.
We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.
Approval by subsidiaries
Our UK subsidiaries that are required to prepare a Modern Slavery Act Statement are:
- BAE Systems (Military Air) Overseas Limited
- BAE Systems (Oman) Limited
- BAE Systems (Operations) Limited
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited
- BAE Systems GCS International Limited
- BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Munitions Limited
- BAE Systems Marine Limited
- BAE Systems Surface Ships Limited
They all delegated authority to Charles Woodburn to sign this response on their behalf.
What we achieved in 2021:
- Established an internal UK modern slavery working group;
- Conducted a desktop assessment of human rights, including modern slavery, across UK operations;
- Conducted a desktop assessment of high risk commodities and locations across tier 1 suppliers;
- Developed revised UK Standard Conditions of Purchase to include provisions concerning modern slavery and the Real Living Wage;
- Became an accredited Living Wage Employer, in the UK, by the Living Wage Foundation;
- Scoped mandatory training for employees who are responsible for procurement in our UK businesses on human rights and modern slavery, to be rolled out during 2022;
- Rolled out our revised mandated employee Code of Conduct which includes a section on human rights and modern slavery; and
- Reviewed the JOSCAR supplier prequalification questions as applicable to enhance the modern slavery section.
What we plan to do in 2022:
- Provide a human rights and modern slavery briefing for the modern slavery working group;
- Provide mandatory human rights and modern slavery training to certain employees who are responsible for procurement in our UK businesses;
- Roll out Real Living Wage to contractors working on our sites across the UK;
- Roll out revised UK Standard Conditions of Purchase incorporating provisions on modern slavery and the Real Living Wage and flow-down these new provisions to existing high-risk suppliers where appropriate;
- Revise our Supplier Principles, to include clearer expectations regarding human rights and modern slavery;
- Launch our revised Supplier Principles and engage suppliers on the revised Supplier Principles;
- Update the JOSCAR supplier prequalification questions to enhance the modern slavery section;
- Conduct risk based assurance to confirm compliance with the new Supplier Principles – Guidance for Responsible Business (Supplier Principles);
- Continue to assess and monitor tier 1 suppliers against high risk commodities and locations; and
- Implement key performance indicators in the UK.
Our human rights commitment
We are committed to respecting and upholding human rights wherever we operate, in respect of activities under the full, direct control of the Company. This applies equally to our employees, our suppliers and business partners, all of whom are expected to adopt the same or similarly high standards of ethical behaviour. We are committed to conducting business responsibly and to maintaining and improving systems and processes to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our business or supply chain. Our human rights statement outlines our approach to responsible business behaviour, including in relation to anti-corruption and the environment, as well as our workplace, supply chain, local communities and products.
Our approach to human rights constitutes:
- Maintaining high ethical standards and acting in a socially responsible manner in accordance with applicable laws;
- Respecting and supporting the communities in which our businesses are located;
- Maintaining and improving global policies and processes which relate to human rights wherever we operate, in respect of activities under the full, direct control of the Company;
- Respecting the labour and workplace rights of our employees in accordance with national laws;
- Responsible product development; and
- Appointing and working with suppliers and business partners who are expected to adopt high standards of ethical behaviour and business conduct, consistent with our own, in accordance with applicable national laws.
To view our full UK Modern Slavery Act Response 2022 please click on the link on the right hand side of this page.