Aggreko is a global business serving customers in over 100 countries worldwide. We deliver electricity and temperature control equipment to businesses and homes around the world.
We have two business units. Our Rental Solutions business is mostly a transactional business supplying modular mobile power and temperature control equipment to a broad range of sectors in developed markets. Our Power Solutions business largely operates in emerging markets, serving both industrial and utility customers providing longer-term and often complex solutions to fulfil their power requirements. We build our generators at our manufacturing facility in Dumbarton, Scotland and we service and maintain all of our equipment internally at our hubs and depots around the world.
We work with a number of major OEM suppliers for the main components of our equipment. We also procure a wide range of goods and services from a variety of suppliers across the world to maintain our equipment and to support our business.
Aggreko takes its social responsibility seriously and is committed to conduct our business in compliance with the highest ethical values. We apply high employment standards across our business, complying with relevant employment, health and safety and human rights laws to ensure our employees are safe.
Our recent review of employment practices in light of the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 did not identify any practices in which our workers are:
- forced to work through mental or physical threat;
- owned or controlled through mental or physical abuse or threat of abuse;
- dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as property; or
- physically constrained or whose freedom of movement is restricted (eg. through the retention of passports or movements tracked).
We have regular site visits by management and we conduct regular opinion surveys of employees in which any relevant concerns could be reported. We also have an anonymous, confidential, external whistleblowing hotline in which concerns can be reported. We have not received any reports in 2016 which would raise concern that any such practices exist within our business.
We plan to make key employees aware of red flags which could signal concerns relating to modern slavery and to explain how they should respond if they identify any concerns.
We also expect our suppliers to adopt a similar approach in relation to the protection of workers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct, which all our new suppliers are required to sign up to, sets out the minimum standards we require from them. It specifically requires our suppliers to comply with workers' fundamental rights and that their workers should:
- be paid in compliance with local laws;
- not be required to work more than the maximum hours of daily labour;
- be free to form or join a workers council; and
- not be subject to any form of forced, involuntary or debt bonded labour
In addition, we have undertaken a risk assessment of our existing suppliers. We have identified those which supply unskilled labour; security services; cleaning services; and OEM suppliers and are located in countries where there is a higher prevalence of modern slavery according to the Global Slavery Index 2016. We are currently requesting these suppliers to confirm compliance with our Code of Conduct as a priority. During 2017 we will extend this requirement to all existing suppliers.
We consider these steps a proportionate response to the risks we face in relation to modern slavery. We continue to monitor the risks and controls in this area and will respond appropriately if the risks increase.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2016.