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The Modern Slavery Act 2015

Read about the Act, and download our statement. 


Why is the Modern Slavery Act important to us?

Saint-Gobain has been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2003, committed to respect the ten principles including Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour. These principles are aligned to our Principles of Conduct and Action that explicitly include workers health, safety and employment rights. Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland recognises that as a major employer, the risk of modern slavery exists within our own operations. We know that we have a duty of care to ensure that our own employees do not fall victim to modern slavery and labour exploitation and that our broad supply chain of 26,000 suppliers from 46 countries take steps to ensure their business and supply chain is free from modern slavery.

Read more about the Act

Our approach to the Modern Slavery Act

Our approach to modern slavery is founded on deep commitment to our Principles of Conduct & Action and a number of other pre-existing policies and procedures we have in place in our business including: our Purchasers Charter, Suppliers Charter & Whistleblowing Policy. More information on these can be found here.

These policies are further embedded via robust HR policies and procedures which are in place to ensure that all employees have the right to work, offering a degree of protection against exploitation. We have also developed several training programs for all managers to explain our Principles of Conduct and Action, values that are further reinforced during the annual appraisal process for all staff.

In respect of suppliers of products or goods or services our approach is based an assessment of our supply chain to identify, react to and minimise the risk in our supply chain.  Having done this we adopt a three stage approach set out below:


      Key activities

Stage 1

Stage 2

  • Assessment via an on-line audit which evaluates suppliers’ corporate social responsibility credentials and systems.

Stage 3

  • Supplier specific follow up and Action Plans are developed based upon the results of Stage 2.

Download our full Modern Slavery Act Statement below.

Need more information?

We know our approach to this subject is important to  our customers, suppliers stakeholders. If you have a question about anything you've read, get in touch with our Head of Supplier Development and Purchasing Excellence, Stella Boot, through our contact details here.

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