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2021 Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This is the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for Getinge UK (Getinge UK Ltd, Getinge Extended Care UK Ltd, Getinge Holdings Ltd, Getinge Production Ltd, Maquet Ltd, Numac Validation Services Ltd) and Getinge IT Solutions Ltd (incl. Scantrack Healthcare Ltd). The statement establishes the steps taken and the ongoing initiatives to prevent Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020. This declaration is made pursuant to section 54, part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The statement had been supported by our leadership and formally approved by the Getinge UK and Getinge IT Solutions Ltd board of directors in 2021.
Organization, structure and supply chains
The Getinge Group is a global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive-care units, hospital wards, sterilization departments and for life science companies and institutions. Getinge employs worldwide about 11,700 employee’s spread globally across 38 countries, supporting commercial activities, production, corporate roles, research, clinical studies. Getinge’s core production is actually conducted in 7 countries and our production sites hold different ISO certifications.
The corporate headquarters are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the parent company Getinge AB (publ) is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information about who we are and what we do please visit www.getinge.com/int/about-us/.
The parts of Getinge’s supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking place are predominantly in extraction of metals and minerals and in transportation.
Some products contain tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, most often in electronic devices needed in our products. These metals, often named 3TG, have become known as 'conflict minerals' because they may be, in part, sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a long civil war is ongoing. Illegal armed groups control some of these mines and transit routes to fund their violent operations.
Getinge is committed to having a conflict-free supply chain and when conflict minerals are used in our products we will conduct due diligence activities on our supply chain to reasonably ensure that if the minerals originate from within the conflict area they are from conflict-free sources. For more information on our position on conflict minerals please visit www.getinge.com/int/about-us/our-responsibility/conflict-minerals/
Our Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy
Getinge had signed the UN Global Compact and supports the ten principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. All Getinge employees have to follow the company Code of Conduct and accompanying policies, which stipulates how the company does business and describes, as well the company’s, and the employees’ responsibilities to its stakeholders. Since 2019 Getinge issued a dedicated Policy on Human Rights, accepted and adopted by the Getinge AB Board of Directors and implemented worldwide. According to our Human Rights Policy, forced labour, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery are not accepted in any of our businesses. The Human Rights Policy is available at www.getinge.com/int/about-us/sustainability/social-responsibility/
Our Commitment to human rights is set out in Getinge’s Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy which is applicable for everyone working for and behalf of Getinge; employees, consultants, controlled companies as well as suppliers and business partners. Training about Code of Conduct had been conducted in 2020 and continued to be conducted in 2021 as part of the Global Compliance training program. The Getinge Code of Conduct (including the Human Rights Policy) is available at www.getinge.com/code-of-conduct
Supplier Code of Conduct and Due Diligence
Getinge is committed to work with the right Business Partners to support our business based on social responsibility, ethical, environmental and commercial aspects including the principles of the UK Modern Slavery Act.
Therefore Getinge has initiated work to integrate these expectations in our day-to-day work in a way that is natural and relevant to us. During 2021 a new Purchasing Policy has been launched and the Supplier Code of Conduct are being revised. The aim is to increase focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing. The result will be a new Business Partner Code of Conduct that has been extended to include all Getinge’s business partners, to be launched in Q4 2021.
This Code of Conduct for Business Partners articulates Getinge’s commitment to responsible leadership and sets forth the business principles that Getinge expects all its Business Partners to comply within the course of their business relationship with Getinge. It includes references on how to report misconduct and additionally makes available the Getinge Speak-up line. Getinge’s purchasing function is responsible for implementing the Business Partner Code of Conduct and the Sustainable Sourcing Program, with support from Ethics and Compliance. During 2020 the Purchasing Development improved the company’s supplier qualification process and revised the purchasing policy in cooperation with the Quality function. The supplier qualification process is based on applicable laws, regulations and ISO-certification. Getinge also introduced a supplier selection method focusing on the so called “Preferred Group Suppliers” looking for suppliers sharing the very same values of Getinge.
During 2020 Suppliers could already sign the Getinge Supplier Code of Conduct, where the Supplier agrees on Getinge’s Position on Conflict Minerals (available at Getinge’s website) and standards of Ethics. The Supplier Code of Conduct is structured in accordance with the four focus areas identified in the UN Global Compact (human rights, labour conditions, environment and anti-corruption). The Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the minimum standards Getinge requires its suppliers to comply with when doing business with Getinge in addition to overserving and complying with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards. The current supplier Code of Conduct is available at www.getinge.com/int/about-us/business-ethics
Due Diligence Processes
To manage third party representative risk, Getinge established a Third Party Risk Management Office in its Shared Service Center in Krakow in 2019. A new mandatory third party engagement process was established and implemented during 2020. Over a period of time and in a manner of prioritization deemed acceptable by the CFO and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, the organization must bring all Third Parties within the process and up to the level of due diligence required.
New Due Diligence procedures and governance are being developed during 2021 that address risk from a broader scope including environment, social, governance, product and business aspects.
All stakeholders have the opportunity to raise questions and or concerns regarding potential and actual adverse Human Rights impacts by using the Getinge Speak-Up Line. The Speak-Up Line is available 24/7, 365 days per year on Getinge internal and external webpages.
We will establish grievance mechanisms, and are committed to investigate any concerns, and if we discover any severe adverse Human Rights impacts, we will act appropriately without delay.
Getinge is on a current journey of improving and ethically growing as a Company, putting Human rights and Supply Chain potential issues at the center of a company focus to establish a better and more fair business. We encourage our partners, stakeholders and who will read our statement to help us to progress, approaching directly the Company through the appropriate channels established, welcoming any feedbacks and committing to incorporate those in the subsequent versions of this statement.
Avril Forde Managing Director, Getinge UK and related