Downer releases first Modern Slavery Statement

As the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand, Downer is a people business. 

 

It’s our employees and suppliers who help us deliver services that impact the lives of millions of people every day, and build trusted relationships with our customers.

Respecting the human rights of our employees and of every person in our supply chain is the cornerstone of Downer’s standards of business conduct. We reject any activities which may cause or contribute to modern slavery. 

Downer was pleased to release our first Modern Slavery Statement in February. The statement outlines Downer’s approach to address and minimise the risk of modern slavery across our business operations and supply chains. 

Each year, Downer spends over $8 billion with more than 30,000 suppliers and subcontractors. We undertake a comprehensive prequalification process to ensure these suppliers and subcontractors meet our high standards of business conduct. This includes background checks on financial health, health and safety standards and policies, environmental policies and adherence to Downer’s terms and conditions. 

Ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in Downer’s supply chain, beyond our direct suppliers, remains a challenge particularly given the diversity of our service offerings and locations. However, we are implementing a risk-based approach and are committed to continuous improvement.

Rejecting modern slavery is not just the right thing to do, it is also pivotal to the ongoing success of our operations. 

Companies that do not display continuous improvement in this space will not only suffer reputational brand damage, their business growth will be impeded as they are discounted from tenders.