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. These have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Ultra Electronics and its subsidiaries (“Ultra”) has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. Ultra is committed to: acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships; and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery does not take place anywhere in its business or in any of its supply chains.
Ultra Electronics Holdings plc is the group parent company. Its head office is in the UK and it also has global offices and facilities, predominantly in the USA, Australia and Canada. A full list of group entities can be found in our Annual Report and Accounts.
Ultra is organised into 18 business units operating through its three divisions: Aerospace and Infrastructure; Communications and Security and Maritime & Land. We provide a wide range of specialist capabilities in the Defence & Aerospace, Security & Cyber and Transport and Energy Markets. Ultra’s core markets remain in North America, the UK and Australia, however we will continue to develop strategic positions where there is strong growth potential.
Our supply chains
Ultra is committed to ensuring there is transparency in its business and in its approach to tackling modern slavery throughout its supply chains. Ultra expects the same high standards from all of its contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
Business Managing Directors and Presidents are responsible for the development and implementation of local slavery and human trafficking policies within their respective businesses. Divisional MDs/Presidents are responsible for monitoring the compliance of this policy by the businesses within their division.
Managing Directors and Presidents shall ensure that:
- A written policy is maintained by their business which strictly prohibits: the use of modern slavery in their business or their supply chains; and their business does not support or engage suppliers where they are aware of modern slavery within the suppliers’ business or supply chains.
- Their business has in place systems to: identify and assess potential risks of modern slavery in their business and their supply chains; mitigate the risk of modern slavery occurring in their business and supply chains; and monitor potential risk areas in their business and supply chains.
- Terms and conditions of purchase forbidding the use of modern slavery practices are adopted by their business with the right to terminate a relationship with a supplier if issues of noncompliance are discovered and/or noncompliance is not addressed in a timely manner.
We have an independently managed confidential reporting line for employees and third parties to report any concerns in relation to modern slavery.
Managing Directors and Presidents have responsibility for providing adequate and regular training to employees in their business to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery occurring in their business and supply chains.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Ultra’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2017.
1 October 2018