MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT - FINANCIAL YEAR 2019
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd ("The Company") has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery. This is our first statement under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps we are taking in order to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chain.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit for personal or commercial gain.
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd is wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Europe. Kia Motors Europe is owned by Kia Motors Corporation in Seoul, South Korea. Our cars are built at our factories in South Korea and Slovakia and distributed and sold to our customers via our dealer network.
2. COMPANY POLICIES
At Kia Motors (UK) Ltd we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
In line with our company's stance on eliminating modern slavery, our European Supplier Code of Conduct sets out the principles and standards expected of all suppliers to enable our business to grow responsibly and sustainably. We expect our suppliers to conduct business based on integrity, honesty, openness and fairness towards all stakeholders, including its employees, sub-suppliers, business partners, shareholders and any person who is involved or affected by the business activities of the supplier. This links intrinsically with our core values which we expect all members of staff and suppliers to abide by, of promoting a customer-driven corporate culture, embracing every opportunity for greater challenge, creating synergy through a sense of togetherness, an emphasis on the individual and a respect for the diversity of culture and customs.
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd have a whistleblowing policy that provide all employees with a mechanism for reporting any concerns they have concerning modern slavery. In addition we are an equal opportunities employer and have an Equality policy in place.
3. MODERN SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
We have a dedicated compliance officer our President & CEO, Paul Philpott, who engages with the issue of modern slavery at all levels across the business, monitoring our compliance with UK laws and regulations in respect of it and who is committed to ensuring modern slavery does not exist in our business or supply chain.
4. DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS FOR SLAVERY
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have systems in place to:
Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains, particularly in the most vulnerable parts of the world;
Mitigate the risk of slavery occurring in our supply chains;
Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains; and
Protect those who report concerns regarding modern slavery ('whistleblowers' with the Company's Whistleblowing Policy).
To ensure a level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery in our supply chains and our business, we are in the process of rolling out training to key members of staff across different sectors of our business. We will also encourage our business partners to provide training to their staff and suppliers and providers.
Each member of staff must ensure they have read, understand and comply with our Anti-Slavery Policy. It is the responsibility of all members of staff, to seek to prevent, detect and report modern slavery in our business or supply chain. Members of staff are encouraged to raise any concerns regarding modern slavery at the earliest opportunity and must not act in a way that is inconsistent with, or which might lead to a breach of the Modern Slavery Act.
6. PROVISIONS IN SUPPLIER AGREEMENTS
We require our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and report any incidents or suspected incidents of modern slavery to us. All our suppliers must comply with our European Supplier Code of Conduct. We reserve the right to terminate our relationship with suppliers if they do not adhere to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, or if they breach our Supplier Code.
7. ONGOING COMMITMENT TO COMBATING MODERN SLAVERY
In the coming year we will seek to measure how effective we have been to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in any part of our business of supply chains: We will also provide training to employees so that they can identify and understand what modern slavery is, how to report concerns and so that they can support and facilitate our ongoing commitment to combating modern slavery.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our modern slavery statement for the financial year ending 2019.
Paul Philpott, President and CEO.
Signed on behalf of Kia Motors UK Ltd