UK Modern Slavery Act Statement
Dyson Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019
Dyson is a global group of technology companies* committed to conducting business in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. Dyson is headquartered in Singapore and manufactures products in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Dyson recognises that identifying and mitigating the risks of modern slavery in complex global supply chains requires on-going commitment and continual improvement. Dyson therefore remains dedicated to tackling this issue through strong policies, internal and independent audits, training and input from external experts.
Policies and Due Diligence
Dyson and its suppliers work to the Dyson Ethical and Environmental Code of Conduct (the ‘Code of Conduct’), an internal standard based on the International Labour Organisation’s standards and national laws, and developed with input from Verité, a non-profit organisation. The Code of Conduct sets out Dyson's requirements in relation to labour practices, business ethics, health and safety, responsible sourcing and environmental standards. It is communicated to direct suppliers during the procurement process, integrated into contracts, and explained in face to face training sessions.
Dyson has a specialist supply chain sustainability team based in the Malaysia, the Philippines, China and the UK. The team work with suppliers through a combination of supplier training, audits and assessments using Sedex, an independent risk assessment and social compliance platform.
Dyson uses information from Sedex risk assessments for forced labour, social and ethics compliance to help prioritise suppliers for audit. The audits are conducted by Dyson auditors or by external auditors, and assess compliance with Dyson’s Code of Conduct. To fully understand the working environment in a facility, the auditors also interview a cross-section of the workforce without management present. Dyson’s audit policy specifies the next steps required from suppliers who fail to meet Dyson’s requirements, and specifies the timing of a follow up audit, based on the audit grading of the supplier. For each audit finding which is not in line with Dyson’s requirements, suppliers are required to complete a Corrective Action Plan. Dyson supports suppliers in this process through verification of Corrective Actions to enable continual improvement.
In 2019, Dyson’s in-house supply chain sustainability team carried out audits in Malaysia, Singapore, China, India, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines. These audits covered not only direct manufacturing suppliers but also service providers, toolmakers and sub-moulders. A significant number of follow up audits are conducted with suppliers in a timely manner to consolidate improvements required to meet Dyson’s standards.
In addition to the audits, people working in Dyson's manufacturing partner facilities have access to a confidential third-party hotline to securely and anonymously (if desired) raise any issues relating to working conditions.
Responsible Recruitment of Migrant Workers
Dyson is committed to the responsible recruitment and employment of migrant workers in its supply chain. In 2016 Dyson introduced a requirement for all its manufacturing partners which stipulated that migrant workers must not pay any recruitment or employment fees to secure work. Costs accrued in the recruitment and employment of migrant workers must be borne by the employer only.
The 'zero fees' requirement has been cascaded to manufacturing partners through Dyson’s Code of Conduct and formal training in responsible recruitment from external experts. Dyson recognises that effective implementation of zero fees recruitment is a challenge requiring on-going action and commitment. In 2019 we carried out a number of activities to proactively look for and address exploitative migrant worker practices in the supply chain using Sedex risk assessments, worker and recruitment agent interviews and audits.
In 2019, to monitor how Dyson’s requirements were being met by suppliers and as part of a preventative approach, Dyson’s sustainability team accompanied our manufacturing partners again to Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia to oversee migrant worker recruitment. Dyson is now pursuing collaboration with specialist non-governmental organisations in the home countries of migrant workers to ensure zero fees recruitment with independent verification.
Furthermore, Dyson will reimburse fees paid by migrant workers employed by Dyson's manufacturing partners prior to the introduction of the zero fees policy.
Training and Support
Improving internal awareness and building the capabilities of our suppliers is key to addressing forced labour risks. In 2019, Dyson implemented targeted training for key stakeholders, including:
- Certified auditor training for Dyson’s sustainability team, including Responsible Business Alliance Lead Auditor training.
- No forced labour training for representatives of Dyson’s sustainability and manufacturing teams and manufacturing partners, provided by Verité.
- Supplier training sessions in Malaysia, China and the Philippines on forced labour and the Dyson Code of Conduct, provided by Dyson’s sustainability team.
Dyson’s commitment to tackling modern slavery is long term and continuous. In 2020, Dyson’s focus areas are:
- Policies: Strengthening policies and providing additional resources to support our suppliers’ compliance.
- Risk Assessment: Refining the supply chain risk assessment methodology for modern slavery risk.
- Audits: Continuing to audit high risk areas of the supply chain through a combination of Dyson-led and external audits.
- Zero recruitment fees: Working with third party experts to ensure zero fees recruitment in labour supply chain.
- Worker Accommodation: Continuing our ongoing commitment to worker accommodation improvement; two new accommodation facilities built by our manufacturing partners in accordance with Dyson’s Worker Accommodation Standard will become operational in 2020.
- Training and capacity building: Increasing awareness of internal and external stakeholders of modern slavery risks and how to address them.
- Collaboration: Joining industry initiatives focussed on addressing forced labour in global supply chains.
Dyson remains dedicated to continuing efforts to address forced labour and human trafficking risks in its supply chain.
Roland Krueger, CEO
*This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Dyson group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the 2019 financial year. The statement is made on behalf of the entire Dyson group, in particular the following group companies that meet the criteria for publishing an annual statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Dyson Technology Limited and Dyson Limited.