SDL undertakes a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery within its global organization and supply chain. SDL continues to enforce its Global Code of Conduct which details its ethical conduct requirements for all employees, contractors and suppliers. To ensure the Code of Conduct is understood by both current and new employees, SDL have implemented an annual mandatory training program.
SDL continues to operate and only work with suppliers who abide by our Global Code of Conduct or adhere to similar principals and ethical guidelines. SDL has adopted a risk based approach to Modern Slavery and identified high risk territories in which SDL has ensured that employees have completed the relevant training and are aware on how to identify unethical behaviour. SDL has enhanced its Whistle Blowing Policy by working with an independent third party supplier who is able to provide dedicated anonymous reporting tools in the form of telephone, email and also telephone apps in local languages. All Whistle Blowing claims are sent to the Ethics Compliance Committee who investigate all claims of unethical behaviour and provide feedback. All cases are recorded and examined by the Board with regular reviews from the Head of Legal and Compliance via the Audit Committee.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of SDL PLC on 20 January 2020.