Supply chain responsibility

  • Purchasing Code of Practice

    Elementis has adopted a procurement code of practice (signed by its CEO and Business Presidents) that sets out principles on purchasing practices that:

    (i) seek to enhance our business reputation through ethical and socially responsible considerations and behaviour;
    (ii) include proactively taking steps in dealings with suppliers to understand and verify their supply chains in respect of positive action towards human rights and anti-corruption; and
    (iii) are based on international labour and human rights standards which the company supports and advocates.

  • Anti-slavery laws with Modern Slavery in Supply Chains

    Since 1 January 2012, when the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) became effect in the State of California, Elementis has had policies in place to comply with legislation that seeks to end slavery and human trafficking and requires companies to disclose their efforts to ensure that their supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

    The Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the UK contains similar requirements of companies to provide transparency on their supply chains, including any action taken to ensure the absence of slavery and human trafficking, by publishing a Board approved statement on their corporate website.


    Modern Slavery Statement - 2017


  • Supply chain management

    Elementis supports international labor laws that seek to prohibit slavery and human trafficking. As a responsible corporate citizen, we seek to ensure that quality and safety standards are maintained throughout our supply chain by well-treated, fairly compensated workers in accordance with all applicable laws. We have undertaken the following efforts to ensure and verify the absence of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain:

    Risk Assessment and Audits: Review of our suppliers to evaluate the risks of human trafficking and slavery. Major suppliers are periodically asked to complete a questionnaire and self-certify that their policies and practices comply with our expectations on, and are consistent with, international standards with regards to: fair business practices, compliance with applicable laws, and anti-bribery and corruption; employment rights, equality of opportunity, non-discrimination, anti-slavery (child or forced labour); and sustainability, HSE and quality. Annual risk assessments of major suppliers will be conducted as part of our business risk management program. Where necessary a third-party audit will be completed on any high-risk suppliers to ensure full compliance with our Purchasing Code of Practice. Our progress will be reviewed and updated, where necessary, annually.

    Acknowledgement of Standards: We will promote the importance throughout our supply chain of social responsibility and environmental awareness. Key suppliers will be asked to certify that the materials supplied to us comply with laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the countries in which they are doing business. Verification of supplier adherence is done internally in accordance with our Purchasing Code of Practice.

    Non-compliance: If we believe that a supplier is not in compliance with our standards with respect to our Purchasing Code of Practice, which includes the elimination of slavery and human trafficking, we will provide such supplier with the opportunity to remedy any potential non-compliance through the implementation of a corrective action plan and we will conduct a subsequent audit. Should the supplier continue to fail to meet our standards, we will seek to eliminate such supplier from our supply chain.

    Training: We provide all employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management with training on the mitigation of human trafficking and slavery risks.