A zero tolerance
Modern slavery, including servitude, forced labour and human trafficking is a global issue and affects every country, sector and industry. It represents some of the gravest forms of human rights abuse in society.
AirTanker has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery within its business, its operations and its supply chain. In line with the requirements of S54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, this first public statement addresses the current and proposed actions we are taking to address the risks and prevent modern slavery in its value chain.
AirTanker is a consortium made up of leading Aerospace, Defence and Facilities Management specialists, Airbus Group, Babcock, Cobham, Rolls-Royce and Thales. They also form its primary supply chain representing around 70% of our annual expenditure.
We have approximately 700 personnel working across 3 fixed locations within the UK and a presence overseas supporting civil and military operations.
Our Business and Commitment
The AirTanker Services Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management, conduct and performance of the business and its operations. We procure aviation products which by necessity are manufactured to the highest standards and regulations, tested rigorously and produced in high-standard environments strictly in accordance with the requirements of aviation safety regulations.
Our supply chain currently consists of over 400 direct suppliers and a large number of indirect suppliers. For example, Airbus who supplied us with our fleet of 14 A330-200 aircraft have a supply chain in excess of 7,000 suppliers.
We have identified areas within our operations and supply chain that are most at risk of modern slavery and set out in this statement how we are managing these risks.
Whilst we recognise the need for continual improvement in this area, our risk management process is led by a group of managers who regularly review the effectiveness of the actions we are taking. This statement will be updated annually and will include the progress made in respect of this statement, together with our plans for continuing our commitment for the following year.
We will assess our supply chain with particular emphasis on factors that indicate a higher modern slavery risk, such as certain geographic areas and industries, particularly those with lower labour costs (e.g. the supply of textiles used in the production of uniforms, workwear and blankets, etc). Any potential high risk supplier will be requested to provide us with information on the potential risks to slavery and human trafficking that exist in their business and supply chain, and the steps that they are taking to detect and manage those risks.
Additionally, as part of our supplier on-boarding process, with effect from 1st March 2018, all new suppliers in scope of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 will be requested to provide a statement confirming that they comply with statutory requirements.
Our Ethics and Code of Conduct
AirTanker opposes modern slavery and human trafficking in all of its forms and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships.
We welcome the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and have used the UK government's advice and guidance in preparing this statement. As defined by the UK Government, "modern slavery" includes slavers, servitude, forces and compulsory labour and human trafficking.
We will continue to review our practices with regards to our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Commercial & Supply Chain Director, AirTanker
Dated: March 2020