Bodycote plc offers services that improve the properties of materials and manufacturing processes. Our supply chain is not material and the vast majority is limited to the supply of energy and industrial gases. Bodycote plc and its subsidiaries undertake all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure that our ethical standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers and that local legislation and regulations are complied with.
Bodycote plc has conducted a risk assessment on our supply chain in our divisions using the UK Government’s published guidance entitled “Transparency in Supply Chains”. Suppliers in those countries identified in Walk Free Foundation’s 2018 Global Slavery Index as being the most vulnerable to human rights issues in the supply chain have been identified for further review and audit. Following discussions with Slave Free Alliance, a small number of suppliers that provide contract staff will undergo an additional Bodycote assessment.
Relevant employees and management receive training through an e-learning course. We have a Code of Conduct, which sets out our policy on legislation, child labour, antislavery and human trafficking, conditions of employment, health and safety and the environment. Our Human Rights policy is consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Global Compact’s ten principles. We have a robust Open-Door Line for employees and temporary workers to report any ethical concerns they may have on a confidential basis in their own language. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to the risk of slavery or human trafficking.
Bodycote plc and its subsidiaries will assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis and will then tailor remedial action appropriately. We will only knowingly trade with those who comply with this policy or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors, who will review and update it as required on an annual basis.
Group Chief Executive, Bodycote plc
28 June 2022