How businesses consider human rights has gained greater prominence in recent years. It features regularly in current political discourse about public trust in business behaviour and in investors’ demand for increased transparency of Environmental Social and Governance performance. The two are related – lack of disclosure is a gap in the trust narrative.
Our Human Rights Policy (PDF 160 KB opens in new window) demonstrates our commitment to protecting the human rights of our employees and those working on our behalf in our supply chain and is communicated to all employees.
We convened a cross-company working group to draft the policy statement, and identify and assess human rights risks and potential impacts on our employees, customers, suppliers and communities. This group identified our salient human rights issues as access to clean water, data protection and privacy, health and safety, and modern slavery.
We understand that the risks associated with modern slavery are constantly changing. The changes in the labour market as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine are putting people at risk of exploitation. We will continue to engage closely with our supply chain, and anti-slavery groups, in relation to identification of increased modern slavery risk. We are committed to building on our actions and improving our processes, training and policies with a view to both eradicate the possibility of exploitation within our supply chain. Our progress over the last 12 months can be found in our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for 2023 (PDF 3.2 MB opens in new window).
To date, we have not identified any human rights abuses within our own operations nor our supply chain and so no remediation actions have been required. However, as we cannot guarantee that they aren’t present in some form, we’ve mapped our human rights risks against our corporate risk register and manage them within this framework. In addition, our supply chain modern slavery risk management plan is detailed in the Statement.
Previous Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements:
- 2022 Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (PDF 2,161 KB opens in a new window)
- 2021 Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (PDF 2,158 KB opens in a new window)
- 2020 Slavery and Human Trafficking statement (PDF 1,107 KB opens in a new window)
- 2019 Slavery and Human Trafficking statement (PDF 361 KB opens in a new window)
- 2018 Slavery and Human Trafficking statement (PDF 301 KB opens in a new window)
- 2017 Slavery and Human Trafficking statement (PDF 233 KB opens in new window)
- 2016 Slavery and Human Trafficking statement (PDF 346 KB opens in new window)
Salient issues and vulnerable groups mapping
Access to clean water Employees
Our purpose is to provide great water for a stronger, greener and healthier North West. Providing great water means delivering our core water, wastewater and customer services, reliably and to the highest quality.
Contract labour Local communities Children Migrant labour Indigenous people We are not aware of any of our employees, contract labour nor local communities identifying as Indigenous. Data protection & privacy Employees Data Protection Policy Contract labour
- Agency Worker Policy
- Fixed-Term Worker Policy
- Customer Data Protection Policy
Children / Migrant labour
Indigenous people We are not aware of any of our employees, contract labour nor local communities identifying as Indigenous Health & safety Employees Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy Contract labour Contractors Health & Safety Charter Local communities Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy Children / Migrant labour
Indigenous people We are not aware of any of our employees, contract labour nor local communities identifying as Indigenous Modern slavery Employees Our stringent employment checks and various internal policies guaranteeing and protecting employee rights help ensure that human trafficking does not occur within our own operations Contract labour Irrespective of the applicable legal obligations we expect all suppliers to adhere to the overriding principles and ethos of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to mitigate modern slavery risk throughout their supply chain. Local communities Other statements in this column apply here Children / Migrant labour As a highly regulated UK utility operating in North West England only, our use of stringent employment checks means that it is highly unlikely that child nor migrant trafficking has occurred within our own operations, as well as a result of them Indigenous people We are not aware of any of our employees, contract labour nor local communities identifying as Indigenous