In support of Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements including under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth)Australian legislation requires certain entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains and to report the actions they are taking to address those risks. Siemens controlled entities in Australia support the objectives of the legislation which are fully aligned with our company values and sustainability initiatives globally and locally. We are currently undertaking a full assessment of our operations and supply chains as a basis of finalising our Modern Slavery Statement in accordance with the act.
The Siemens group recognises establishing sustainability in the supply chain as a key company policy and responsibility to jointly work for a better life for all who take part in our interconnected world - with no place for forced labour, slavery and human trafficking in any form.
As part of the worldwide Siemens group of companies, sustainable practices are firmly anchored in our corporate culture, based on our company values – responsible, excellent and innovative. We apply globally binding principles that require all staff to behave in an ethical, law-abiding manner. We act responsibly to support economic, environmental and social progress. We have the same expectations of our customers and supply chain.
Code of Conduct
The Siemens Group Code of Conduct and supporting mandatory processes require all Siemens suppliers to commit to the Siemens Code of Conduct which covers the following requirements amongst others:
- Human Rights and Labour Practices (including prohibition of forced labour; prohibition of child labour; occupational health & safety and available grievance mechanisms)
- Environmental Protection
- Responsible Minerals Sourcing and
- Fair Operating Practices (including Anti-Corruption and Bribery)
Modern Slavery Risk Awareness
The Siemens group has also implemented and continues to optimise a system of interconnected processes and tools to achieve transparency and awareness of our purchases and supply chain risk. Specific risk categories of suppliers include those in higher risk countries, with high purchasing volume and products relevant to responsible mineral sourcing.
As an element of our digitisation program, our processes to identify human rights risks are being improved to further incorporate detailed information from national and international resources updated regularly to better identify forced labour, child labour and other human rights risks.
To ensure data transparency Siemens has implemented procurement applications SCM CoRE and SCM STAR which enable transparency of data for strategic procurement and supplier management processes for qualification, evaluation and risk management as well as information exchange for supplier corporate responsibility self-assessment.
Actions to Address Modern Slavery Risks
We have been operating in this region since 1872 and as a company we have a strong awareness of our business to society impact and contributions – from our contribution to employment and GDP, through to our impact on environment, the development of key industries and even the future of work, education and training.
For more information on business to society:
For further information on Siemens and the Australian Modern Slavery Legislation
Deanne Hoult, Siemens Compliance