At Oxford Instruments, we are committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery, including servitude, forced, bonded and compulsory labour and human trafficking and we expect our suppliers to adopt the same approach.
We are a leading provider of high-technology tools and systems for industry and research. We have discrete business groups operating internationally in the nanotechnology tools, industrial products and service sectors. We recognise the importance of the protection of human rights across our Group.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we have updated our Supplier Quality Assurance Manual, Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers and our Global Human Rights Policy (available at https://www.oxford-instruments.com/corporate-and-social-responsibility/human-rights-policy) (collectively, our “Policies”). These documents set out our approach to human rights and ethics and what we expect of our employees, representatives and suppliers.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and to putting in place effective systems and controls to ensure there is no modern slavery taking place anywhere in our own business or in our supply chains. This will include a review of, and improvements to, our supplier due diligence and audit procedures. Where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of those individuals at risk as a priority, we will give support and guidance to our suppliers to help them address concerns in their own business and supply chain.
In each Oxford Instruments business we also conduct internal auditing to review compliance with our processes. We are currently developing our processes to create detailed profiles of key and high risk suppliers. Such suppliers will be encouraged to adopt the same or similar standards to those contained within our Policies and expected to hold their own suppliers to the same or similar standards.
We believe in the importance of educating our employees on human rights issues and are currently developing training for relevant employees to help them to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through this training, our employees will be encouraged to use our Reporting a Business Malpractice procedures to report their concerns.
This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 01 April 2016 and ending 31 March 2017. The entities in our Group which fall within the criteria defined in the Act are Oxford Instruments plc, Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Limited and Andor Technology Limited.
Chief Executive, Oxford Instruments plc