SDL undertakes a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery within its global organization and supply chain. SDL launched its Global Code of Conduct in January 2017 which detailed its ethical conduct requirements for all employees, contractors and suppliers. This was followed up with mandatory training for all employees and contractors and SDL has over a 95% completion and success rate.
SDL has implemented steps within its procurement team to ensure that we only work with suppliers who abide by our Global Code of Conduct or adhere to similar principals and ethical guidelines. SDL has adopted a risk based approach to Modern Slavery and identified high risk territories in which SDL has ensured that employees have completed the relevant training and are aware on how to identify unethical behaviour. SDL has a Whistle Blowing Policy and a dedicated Ethics Compliance team which investigate all claims of unethical behaviour.
Ethical Compliance is examined by the Board with regular reviews from the Head of Compliance via the Audit Committee.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of SDL PLC on 31 January 2018.