Modern Slavery Statement

 

Modern Slavery Statement FY 16

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Airborne Systems Ltd (ASL) is a market-leading business based in the UK.  Our key business is based around Naval Decoy Systems, Parachutes, Aerial Delivery Equipment and Services.  Airborne Systems is a directly-reporting wholly owned subsidiary of Transdigm Group Inc, a $3.5billion turnover US public company, which operates in the Aerospace and Defence market.

 

1 Our structure, business and supply chains

ASL has an annual turnover of approximately £45M and employs approximately 350 people across our sites in England and Wales. We conduct military parachute packing operations from our site in Hertfordshire, and we conduct design, development and manufacturing operations from our sites in Wales.

By value, 55% of our purchasing occurs in the UK, 20% in the US and 25% within the EU

There are some 500 repeat suppliers in our supply chain, including large volume textile fabric manufacturers and suppliers of unique aerospace components

 

2 Our policies in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking

Airborne Systems Limited is committed to ethical conduct in all aspects of our business and has a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics can be found here:

 

Transdigm Group Inc. » Innovative Aerospace Solutions :: Corporate Governance – Highlights

 

We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistleblowers.

ASL’s commitment to ethical and moral behaviour extends to all business dealings and transactions in which we are involved, regardless of location or sector. We remain committed to strengthening our practices in this area, both within our own business and across our supply chains. This statement sets out the steps we have taken during the financial year 2015/16.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Airborne Systems is committed to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms, and will not tolerate or condone the abuse of human rights within any part of our business or supply chains.

 

During the course of FY16 we:

  • Undertook ethical training for every employee.
    Confirmed the status of our direct employees
    Undertook internal review and risk assessment of our supply chain with regard to possible exposure to modern slavery and human trafficking
    Established Internal policies to counter modern slavery and human trafficking
    Planned engaged modern slavery and human trafficking compliance checks on our supply chain for implementation in FY17

 

3 Due diligence, specific risks and supplier adherence to our values

We assured ourselves that all our direct employees are subject to appropriate identity and security checks associated with our work in the defence sector, which enable us to be certain that none of our employees are trafficked persons or subject to any forced labour conditions.

In our risk assessment we conducted internal review of our supply chain for risk of non-compliance with Law and Regulation, on the basis of our supplier quality accreditation programme. We determined that our suppliers are without exception at low risk of non-compliance. One outcome of the review is a plan to conduct direct due diligence engagement with the supply chain to be undertaken during FY17.

As part of our risk assessment we determined a need to include an express commitment to comply with the Modern Slavery Act or equivalent national legislation for our supplier base offshore from the United Kingdom. This will be implemented in our FY17 update to our standard Ts&Cs

 

4 Senior Leadership Team sign off of this statement

The Senior Leadership Team of Airborne Systems Limited recognises the importance of the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Directors aim to ensure that slavery and human trafficking have no part in the company’s operations and supply chain.
The Company has always been vigilant about employee welfare and aims to be transparent in its practices. We welcome the opportunity to state our firm commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking.