At Jacobs, we do things right. We always act with integrity – taking responsibility for our work, caring for our people and staying focused on safety and sustainability. We make investments in our clients, people and communities, so we can grow together. Guided by our values, we have taken a variety of actions to verify the absence of modern slavery in our supply chain, summarized below.
We recently launched our global Human Rights Policy, which details our commitment to respecting the human rights and dignity of individuals within our operations, supply chain and communities where we do business. Additionally, we continue to uphold Jacobs’ global Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits the use of any form of child or forced labor, slavery, or human trafficking.
We periodically conduct global supply chain mapping and human rights risk assessment, including most recently in December 2019, sometimes with the support of third-party consultants. As a result, we update and improve our understanding of our highest risk areas for human rights and modern slavery exposure, with a particular emphasis on geography, service type and operational context.
Supporting our Human Rights Policy, we introduced an updated human rights prequalification questionnaire into our supplier screening process. We conduct ongoing due diligence of suppliers based on international indices, media searches and other indicators of supplier risk. We are also undertaking a wide-ranging review, rationalization and improvement of our procurement systems to further strengthen internal controls, consistency and data visibility.
Contracting and Certification
Our standard contracts stipulate that suppliers will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations including those related to human trafficking and worker welfare. We also require that suppliers who receive a purchase order or subcontract from Jacobs certify compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct, including its human rights provisions.
As part of our supplier management process, suppliers may be required to demonstrate conformance and assurance that, where applicable, they have flowed down our requirements to their suppliers. Whenever possible, we operate in a spirit of continuous improvement, working with suppliers to implement change within specified timeframes. In 2019, for example, we conducted worker accommodation and employment practices audits of suppliers employing foreign migrant workers in a high-risk geography. Upon identifying areas for improvement, we engaged with suppliers to implement corrective actions. Looking ahead, we are targeting additional internal and independent audit resources to further sample practices across our projects and geographies.
Our standard training for supply management professionals includes a section on our Supplier Code of Conduct, and we are building capacity across key staff to enhance supplier engagement regarding human rights. Additional training and engagement activities will be developed as appropriate as we continue to advance our human rights and modern slavery program.
Jacobs recognizes the importance of stakeholder engagement to create a more connected, sustainable world. We are proud to be a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and a founding member of Building Responsibly, an industry group consisting of leading engineering and construction companies collaborating to promote the rights and welfare of workers globally. Additionally, we have engaged with representatives from the U.S. and U.K. governments to provide collaboration and thought leadership regarding human rights and the prevention of modern slavery in corporate supply chains.
Key Performance Indicators
Our Supply Management organization has responsibility for monitoring supplier qualification and certification with our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our global, cross-functional working group is evaluating and updating our human rights strategy to foster good practice and enhanced controls across the business. Part of this effort includes establishing practical and meaningful key performance indicators to measure progress against our goals.
We encourage our employees, suppliers and stakeholders to speak up, without retribution, about any concerns regarding human rights and modern slavery in our operations or supply chain. As detailed in our Supplier Code of Conduct and on our website, anyone can submit a report anonymously through the Jacobs Integrity Hotline at integrity.jacobs.com or by calling +1.844.543.8351. We are committed to investigating reports in an appropriately robust and timely manner.
This statement has been made in accordance with the reporting requirements of Clause 54, Part 6 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to the UK business of Jacobs which includes the following subsidiaries: Jacobs U.K. Limited, Jacobs Field Services Limited, CH2M Hill International Nuclear Services Limited, CH2M Hill United Kingdom, Halcrow Holdings Limited, Halcrow Group Limited, Halcrow (Consulting Engineering & Architects) Limited and Halcrow International Partnership (collectively "Jacobs UK").
The statement was approved by Jacobs UK boards on 20 March 2020.
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