Bulgin Limited. Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Bulgin Limited and subsidiaries’ (Elektron) Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 –“Transparency in Supply Chains”, and was approved by the Bulgin Limited Board of Directors on 6 September 2018. All Elektron Group companies rely upon this statement, where necessary, for satisfying the requirements of the abovementioned Act. Elektron are proud champions of human rights, and we are constantly looking to further our efforts in this area.
Bulgin is widely recognised as a leading manufacturer of environmentally sealed connectors and components. With over 95 years of experience in the industry, Bulgin continues to innovate and develop products and services to cater for its global customer base across a variety of markets. In 2016, Bulgin announced the strategic incorporation of sister company Arcolectric into its business offering. This brings together two complementary product portfolios to make Bulgin a more comprehensive and wider reaching provider of engineered solutions to meet the needs of the industry. In addition, the integration has expanded Bulgin’s expertise across a broader range of components, particularly electromechanical switches. Our popular Buccaneer Circular Connector range is well known in the industry for providing reliable, robust connections for power, signal and data in challenging environments.
Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
Elektron has several internal policies which protect human rights, all of which are contained in the Employee Handbook. These policies signify the firm stance Elektron takes against modern slavery and human trafficking, and state how an employee can raise any concerns.
All such concerns around human rights, forced labour, exploitation, or human trafficking should be reported to management, and the Executive shall investigate any such concern. Alternatively, any concern can be raised with a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee, or the HR Department. Elektron understands the importance everyone in our organization places on human rights, and therefore participation and protection at all levels of the organization is paramount.
Communication on slavery and human trafficking
As part of every employee induction, we identify our ethical stance against modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain, and highlight the relevant policies in the Employee Handbook. All current employees are aware of our stance on this issue, and have easy access to all of our relevant HR policies.
Actions taken in the past financial year
In the past financial year we have initiated the following with the aim of ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any part of our business or our supply chains:
A review and update of the Employee Handbook, and all HR policies contained therein, to clearly state our commitment to human rights and detail how any employee can report in confidence any concerns of malpractice.
Expectations of suppliers
We expect our suppliers to uphold and advocate the same commitment to human rights that we do. This extends to, and beyond, modern slavery and human trafficking. Any supplier who is found to not be upholding these same principles will be reviewed and, ultimately, replaced if they do not modify their behavior.
We shall continue to monitor, review, and evolve our approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, as our knowledge of the risks presented by our business activities and suppliers deepens, and in line with guidance published by the UK government.
Approved by the Board
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Bulgin Limited (and subsidiary companies)’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 January 2018.
Date: 26 September 2019
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