GHD is a professional services company, privately owned by our people, providing engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services in global markets to private and public sector clients.
We have a diverse range of clients operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental, construction and advisory services to private and public sector clients.
Through our professional services we believe we have an opportunity to positively impact the protection of human rights and eradication of Modern Day Slavery within our sphere of influence. To this end, we encourage and support our clients and other business partners in their efforts to act in accordance with internationally recognized human rights and Modern Day Slavery standards.
- comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- comply with all relevant local and national laws and regulations with regard to Modern Day Slavery, employment practices, benefits, health and safety and anti-discrimination. Where national law and international standards differ, we expect them to follow the higher standard.
- not use any form of child, forced, bonded or prison labour.
- respect workers’ rights, in particular the right to form or join trade unions and to safe and healthy working conditions
While it is the duty of governments to protect the rights of their citizens, we recognize that businesses also have a critical role to play. As a global company, GHD is committed to respecting human rights in our own operations and complying with the laws of the countries in which we do business.
We are committed to excellence in corporate governance, transparency and accountability. This is essential for the long-term performance and sustainability of our company and to protect and enhance the interests of our shareholders and other stakeholders.
We are a diversified, international business with a large workforce and, where appropriate, a vendor base that assists in delivering projects on behalf of our clients. Our commitment to identifying and eradicating Modern Day Slavery from our supply chains applies to all GHD locations worldwide.
We recognize that due diligence is a continuous process and we have policies and processes in place in furtherance of this commitment.
GHD has identified that Modern Day Slavery has the potential to exist:
- In Our Operations
We expect each GHD employee to act lawfully toward other employees, colleagues, business partners and those in local communities as outlined in our Code of Conduct and other related enterprise-wide policies. All new and current employees are required to complete GHD’s training related to Integrity Management and People policies relating to Human Rights issues and undertake refresher at pre-determined intervals. Employees with roles and responsibilities relevant to aspects of Modern Day Slavery in our operations or in the supply base receive general awareness training on human rights and Modern Day Slavery.
- In our Supply Chain
We expect our business partners, including vendors, to share our commitment to respect human rights and Modern Day Slavery. All vendors must comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, which establishes our expectations around business practices. We also establishing processes to assess and monitor compliance of our vendors with labour, employment and business ethics provisions of the Standards.
- In the Community
As an employer and a corporate citizen, we are aware of our role in the communities in which we operate. Our belief in respecting human rights and eradicating Modern Day Slavery in our global and local communities is embodied in our Core Values.
We respect the rights of local communities and those that live and work in them, consistent with international standards. We continuously monitor and address the environmental impacts of our business operations and strive to create positive impacts on adjacent communities through local engagement and charitable programs, facilitated through our GHD in the Community program.
This commitment illustrates the measures that GHD implements, with the aim of eradicating Modern Day Slavery from its operations and supply chains. Practical support is provided by our internal systems and processes to promote and monitor compliance.
We understand we are at the beginning of our Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery journey and we will be reviewing this commitment every two years to ensure it is effective.