MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT - FINANCIAL YEAR 2020
Kia UK Ltd 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 UK Ltd is wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Europe. Kia Europe is owned by Kia 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 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 a 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 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 abide by the Equality act set our Equality policy.
Kia UK Ltd also has a fully comprehensive Compliance and Integrity Code which is available to all staff. This outlines the high standards expected and how the company acts on issues such as human rights and labour principles.
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, ensuring we are complying with all laws and regulations in respect of it and 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;
Protection for Whistleblowers with the Company’s Whistleblowing Policy; and
Our Kia Compliance and Integrity Code outlining Human Rights and Labour Standards.
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.
Training is provided on compliance to all employees. It is the responsibility of all members of staff, or those under our control, to ensure the prevention, detection and reporting of 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 2015.
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 use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains. We will provide training to employees to ensure that they are familiar with 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 2020.
Paul Philpott, President and CEO.
Signed on behalf of Kia UK Ltd