MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement sets out BEUMER Group UK Limited’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and duties during the financial year 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.
As part of the manufacturing industry, BEUMER Group UK Limited recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. BEUMER Group UK Limited is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Organisational structure and supply chains
This statement covers the activities of BEUMER Group UK Limited. We are an international leader in the design and manufacture of intralogistics systems for conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation, and distribution. With 4,500 employees worldwide, we have annual sales of about EUR 950 million. We were founded in 1935 and are independent and privately owned in the 3rd generation. The principal activity of BEUMER Group UK Limited is the provision of material handling solutions and associated maintenance services.
Our Supply Chain has the responsibility for the end to end supply of goods and services within the business ensuing that time/delivery schedule is met. They are ultimately responsible for delivery from sub suppliers, ensuring that the right goods and services, in the correct quantity is delivered and adherence to rules and regulations essential in carrying out these activities.
Responsibility for the organisation’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows
- Policies: People & Culture and the board are responsible for putting in place and reviewing policies and the process by which they were developed.
- Risk assessments: Health & Safety
- Investigations/due diligence: Senior Management and the board are responsible for investigations and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking.
BEUMER Group UK Limited undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The organisation’s due diligence and reviews include:
- mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking
- evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier
- reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping
- conducting supplier audits or assessments through our own team of auditors, which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified
- creating an annual risk profile for each supplier
- taking steps to improve substandard suppliers’ practices, including providing advice to suppliers through auditing and requiring them to implement action plans
- invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship
- ensuring that the use of convict/prison labour; indentured, forced, bonded and underage labour is prohibited
BEUMER Group UK Limited organisation has reviewed its key performance indicators (KPIs) in light of the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As a result, the organisation is continuously reviewing its existing and new supply chains.
All personnel working in supply chain within BEUMER Group UK Limited is required to complete training on modern slavery. The organisation’s modern slavery training covers:
- our business’s purchasing practices, which influence supply chain conditions and which should therefore be designed to prevent purchases at unrealistically low prices, the use of labour engaged on unrealistically low wages or wages below a country’s national minimum wage, or the provision of products by an unrealistic deadline;
- how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, including resources and support available;
- how to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
- what initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected;
- how to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation;
- what external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline, and “Stronger together” initiative;
- what messages, business incentives or guidance can be given to suppliers and other business partners and contractors to implement anti-slavery policies; and
- what steps the organisation should take if suppliers or contractors do not implement anti-slavery policies in high-risk scenarios, including their removal from the organisation’s supply chains.
As well as training staff, BEUMER Group UK Limited has raised awareness of modern slavery issue, by putting up posters across our premises. The policy is incorporated as part of our induction programme and on the intranet for all to access.
This statement has been approved by the organisation's board of directors, who will review and update it annually.
Director's (CEO) name: Klaus Schaefer
Issued by People & Culture department - January 2022