Steps to Prevent Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Seiko UK Ltd. validates the results of due diligence processes, carried out by its suppliers, SII and SE. Furthermore, it regularly monitors the activities of these companies to ensure that all relevant polices are duly followed and that human rights violations are not taking place in their operations or in the supply chains. The measures taken by SII to prevent human rights abuses, including modern slavery and human trafficking, are described below.
· Measures taken by SII
The SII Group implements its original Supplier Certification System, which covers law compliance, protection of human rights, environmental management, risk management and other criteria. Through this system, potential suppliers of the SII Group are asked to answer self-assessment questionnaires which include questions regarding the violation of human rights such as unfair labour and conflict minerals. The SII Group conduct businesses only with suppliers who are adequately certified upon assessment. By the end of FY2017, about two thousand suppliers in Japan and overseas were certified through this system.
These measures of Seiko Group companies are designed to ensure that modern slavery, human trafficking or other human rights abuses are not taking place in the supply chains of Seiko UK Ltd. and SWC. The executives of all operating companies are required to familiarize themselves with the Group's Law Handbook, which clarifies their authorities and obligations related to the management of legal risks. All concerns related to law violations or corporate misconduct can be lodged through an anonymous whistleblowing system.
The SE Group also carries out measures to prevent the use of modern slavery by engaging in activities such as supplier due-diligence and monitoring. For further details, please see the link below.
Modern Slavery Act Statement for EPSON (UK)