“The term Modern Slavery covers slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking; unacceptable offences that should not prevail in our modern working lives. I fully endorse the proactive approach taken in the UK through the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to encourage organisations to take action to conduct their business in an ethical manner that protects not only its own workers from the atrocities of modern slavery but those within their supply chains. The TÜV SÜD Group in the UK acknowledges its responsibilities under the Act and, accordingly, has produced this Statement of its position with respect to the prevention of Modern Slavery within its operations.”
TUV SUD Group Structure and Business
In the UK, TÜV SÜD provides testing, certification, consultancy and training services to both UK and international markets, operating under four UK legal entities; TUV SUD (UK) Limited, TUV SUD Ltd, TUV SUD BABT Unlimited and TUV SUD Services (UK) Ltd. We employ over 600 employees in offices the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, generating annual turnover in excess of £60m across a wide range of industries covering Aerospace, Defence, Medical, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Renewable Energy and Telecommunications. The UK entities are wholly-owned subsidiaries of parent organisation TÜV SÜD AG, which is headquartered in Munich.
As a service provider, our supply chains are primarily related to the procurement of support services and materials to allow the delivery/execution of our specialist technical services. We expect our suppliers to adhere to our standard procurement terms which ensure that our supply chains are contractually obligated to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We engage with our suppliers regularly to collaboratively ensure compliance.
The TÜV SÜD Code of Ethics describes the set of values and principles that its employees and suppliers alike are expected to uphold. This is complemented by a robust Compliance organisational structure with representation at Local, Regional and Global level, culminating in an independent Ombudsman to whom ethics breaches may be reported. These ethics are addressed in greater detail through specific local level policies. For example, our commitment to the prevention and eradication of Modern Slavery is manifest in our Public Interest Disclosures Policy statement.
Our recruitment practices ensure, through comprehensive identity checks, that individuals are free to work in the UK. All workers benefit from working conditions and terms and conditions of employment that meet or exceed all applicable UK, EU and other legislation on areas including working hours, holiday, pay and equality. All offers of work made by TUV SUD (UK) Limited are accepted on an entirely voluntary basis.
It is the Company’s intention to review and standardise existing vendor questionnaires, including making amendments, as appropriate, in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our commitment to ensuring that Modern Slavery does not take place within our own business operations extends to our suppliers as demonstrated by inclusion in our Standard Conditions of Purchase of a clause obligating our suppliers to undertake all necessary action in order to ensure that any of its employees and its suppliers are compliant in all respects with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
UK Senior Management is briefed on the legislation and the Company’s obligations and measures. In addition, employees are briefed on the existence of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and of their individual and collective responsibilities and it is covered within the Induction/On boarding process for new joiners.
Michael Valente CEO TUV SUD (UK) Limited September 2016