Modern Slavery Statement 2017/18
adm Group has continued efforts to ensure that modern slavery, in all its forms, is not taking place within our business or supply chain and remains dedicated to meeting its commitments for 2020 as outlined in our Modern Slavery Statement 2016/17. This statement constitutes adm Group’s statement on slavery and human trafficking for 2017/18 and is supplementary to adm’s Modern Slavery statement 2016/17.
We operate a zero-tolerance policy in respect of all forms of modern slavery, forced/compulsory labour and human trafficking, whether in our own global operations or in our supply chains. Striving to meet our objectives for 2020, we are strongly committed to guarding against slavery and human trafficking in our global operations. As we continue to grow across the territories we are present in, we have made further improvements to our practices to ensure that modern slavery risks are managed effectively.
Established in 1992, adm is one of the largest independent marketing services businesses in the world, employing over 450 people worldwide. adm has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom and operates in 19 countries globally. adm provides global supply chain solutions to a broad spectrum of clients spanning across several diverse sectors using product supply chains which are global and extensive. adm sources and distributes products in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia using hundreds of suppliers and strategic partners. adm’s mission is to combine great people, process, expertise and proprietary technology to deliver outstanding results and added value to clients.
In 2018, adm further reviewed and updated several of its employee and supplier policies to ensure we are always conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner, these include:
- adm’s Code of Conduct, which was updated to ensure our commitment to the eradication of modern slavery is communicated both comprehensively and effectively to all employees, suppliers and contractors;
- adm’s Whistleblowing policy was reviewed and updated and a new policy will be launched in Q1 2019 to include an independent helpline for anonymous reporting. This is designed to encourage employees to report matters anonymously if they wish, without fear of reprisal; and
- adm’s supplier contracts which were reviewed and updated to ensure modern slavery risks are appropriately addressed.
Due Diligence & Supplier Adherence
adm has maintained strict compliance to the due diligence procedures set out in our 2016/17 statement, and these processes coupled with adm’s updated policies ensure our suppliers adhere to our values and ethics at all times.
In 2018, adm launched its online global compliance training programme, which includes a specific module on modern slavery. It is a mandatory requirement for all staff to complete the course on an annual basis to ensure there is a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking across the business. This course includes an assessment at the end of the module to ensure the content has been understood .
Our Effectiveness in Combatting Modern Slavery
adm was rated in the top 0.41 of over 50,000 companies assessed for CSR by EcoVadis in 2018, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains. CSR analysts reviewed adm’s global supply chain and CSR practices across the following four pillars: Environment (top 3%), Labour Practices (top 1%), Sustainable Procurement (top 1%) and Fair Business Practices (top 3%). In addition to an overall ranking in the top 0.4%, we achieved a Gold Advance score for the second consecutive year. adm was also shortlisted by Sedex, an International non-profit organisation, in the category ‘Best Example of Continuous Improvement’ for the positive impact made within the supply chain.
In 2018 adm also became the first in our sector to be chosen as an AIM-PROGRESS member, a forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, which has several strategic focuses including Business and Human Rights. Specifically, AIM-PROGRESS supports the Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution on eradicating forced labour and its priority industry principles, which seek to counter problematic and common employment practices which can lead to cases of forced labour. Members assemble to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. Being a member of this forum allows adm to keep abreast of best industry practice in management of modern slavery risks and allows us to benchmark and develop our risk management practices alongside leading industry peers.
adm is continuing in its efforts to achieve its Commitments for 2017-2020 with momentum and it is proud of the steps it has already taken towards achieving these.
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out steps taken by adm (Group) Limited and the other relevant group companies during year ending 31 March 2018 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains. References to ‘us’, ‘our’, or ‘we’ are to adm (Group) Limited and its subsidiaries.