Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
John Laing Group plc
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2016
This statement is made by John Laing Group plc (“John Laing”) pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to all of John Laing’s subsidiaries whether incorporated within or outside the UK.
This is the first statement that John Laing has produced under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We will report each year on a number of matters such as policy, training, due diligence processes and the effectiveness of measures taken to combat slavery and trafficking, to drive transparency and promote ethical principles and practices related to the prevention of the exploitation and abuse associated with modern slavery and human trafficking.
John Laing is an international originator, active investor and manager of infrastructure projects. Its business is focused on major transport, social and environmental infrastructure projects awarded under governmental public-private partnership programmes, and renewable energy projects, across a range of international markets including the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.
John Laing is one of the world’s most trusted brands in the field of infrastructure thanks to its expertise and credentials, with more than 100 investments in projects in the last 30 years.
Our activities include primary investment, secondary investment and asset management.
John Laing had 160 employees at 31 December 2016 and has offices in London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
“Modern slavery” and “human trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for the acts of recruiting, harbouring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labour or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. “Forced or compulsory labour” is defined in Article 2, International Labour Organisation Forced Labour Convention 1930, and “trafficking in persons“ is defined in Article 3 of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (the Palermo Protocol).
John Laing recognises both the business imperative and the moral obligation to carry out its activities in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner, with due consideration given to human rights. Building on our long history of social awareness and community involvement, John Laing’s aim is to contribute to a sustainable future through our employees, investments, services and business conduct. A suite of formal policies, including policies on Equal Opportunities and Fair Treatment, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, underpins this aim. Copies of these polices can be found on our website.
The Board of John Laing is responsible for matters of corporate responsibility, including the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking. The Board and its committees review our policies and practices and address any issues which arise.
Projects in which John Laing invests currently have over 2,000 suppliers across the jurisdictions in which we operate. We believe the risk of modern slavery of human trafficking in our supply chains and procurement processes to be low given that our activities do not directly involve operations where modern slavery or human trafficking are known to occur. All new suppliers, however, are asked to confirm that their organisation will comply (and take all possible steps to ensure that all their suppliers and subcontractors also comply) with all applicable laws, statutes and regulations related to “forced or compulsory labour”, as defined in Article 2, International Labour Organisation Forced Labour Convention 1930, and “trafficking in persons“, as defined in Article 3 of the Palermo Protocol (together Modern Slavery) from time to time in force, including but not limited to the UK Modern Slavery Act, and that they will not engage (and will take all possible steps to ensure that their suppliers and subcontractors will not engage) in any activity, practice or conduct that would constitute Modern Slavery. Similar confirmations are being requested of the parties involved when we invest in or bid for new projects.
John Laing is committed, where we have sufficient influence, to ensuring that the businesses we invest in follow our practices and policies, including those on modern slavery and human trafficking.
Monitoring and Review
We will continue to monitor our supply chain and investment portfolio in relation to slavery and human trafficking through regular reviews.
To ensure that the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business are understood, we will consider providing training to those members of staff who manage supplier relationships or manage any businesses where we consider there to be a higher risk of slavery.
Chief Executive Officer