The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) requires large employers to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate Slavery and Human Trafficking in their Supply Chain
The Act makes provisions about slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and about human trafficking, including provision for the protection of victims. In accordance with the Act, this statement articulates our policies and practices around recognising and preventing human trafficking and slavery in the global supply chain.
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited is committed to maintaining and improving systems and processes to avoid complicity in human rights violations related to our own operations, our supply chain, and our products. General Dynamics UK realises that slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms, such as forced labour, child labour, domestic servitude, sex trafficking, and workplace abuse. Therefore, throughout this disclosure we use the terms “slavery and human trafficking” to encompass these various forms of coerced labour.
As discussed below, we take specific steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or other parts of our business.
Our commitment to human rights which covers topics such as forced labour, slavery, child labour, sex trafficking, workplace abuse and human trafficking is outlined in the General Dynamics Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct (the Blue Book) and our Combating Trafficking in Persons policy (CTR-POL-3).
General Dynamics UK takes steps to evaluate and address risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. The first step in this process is to set clear expectations for our suppliers. These expectations are codified in General Dynamics’s Blue Book and our contractual Terms and Conditions for each new contract we place.
General Dynamics UK suppliers must agree that products supplied to General Dynamics UK comply with General Dynamics UK’s Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions require suppliers to represent and warrant compliance with the Act and all applicable laws and regulations and international standards, including without limitation, UK laws and the laws in the country or countries in which they do business.
General Dynamics’s CEO sets the tone for our ethical culture and holds managers accountable for communicating ethics and compliance expectations. We believe this “tone from the top” combined with our biennial ethics and compliance training, and educational resources on our company intranet site helps to create and sustain an ethical and legally compliant culture.
Through the Blue Book, we seek to promote honest and ethical conduct, deter wrongdoing, and support compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The principles embodied in the Blue Book reflect our policies related but not limited to slavery, human trafficking, conflicts of interest, non-discrimination, antitrust, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and protecting our company’s assets and reputation.
The Blue Book is available in multiple languages, and employee training sessions incorporate real case scenarios. Employees are encouraged to raise ethical questions and concerns, and have multiple channels to do so anonymously, if they prefer, and as permitted by law.
General Dynamics requires its employees and contingent workers to comply with its Blue Book. An employee’s violation of the code of conduct may result in discipline, up to and including, termination.
We encourage anyone (including employees, contractors, suppliers, distributors, and customers) to report in good faith any issues or concerns about potential ethics, human rights, legal, or regulatory violations, including improper or unethical business practices such as fraud or bribery. General Dynamics investigates concerns raised and strives to resolve each, consistent with the law and its code of conduct. Individuals can report concern to General Dynamics by email, telephone, or letter, in English or their local language.
We will continually review the effectiveness of our processes and where necessary introduce additional measures to ensure that our obligations under the Act are passed through our supply chain.
Current improvement actions include:
- Ensuring that current suppliers (not covered by new supplier agreements) have signed up to complying with the Act