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As a global company, we seek to be a good corporate citizen in our dealings with customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we are based around the world. One of our customers is the Government of the United States. As such, we are subject to Federal Acquisition Regulations ("FAR"), one of which (FAR 52.203-13) required us to adopt and implement a code of business ethics and conduct. In compliance, Rolls-Royce North America adopted a code of business ethics. Moreover, in order to ensure alignment across our supply chain, in 2008 Rolls-Royce adopted the Rolls-Royce Supplier Code of Conduct, which venders must agree to in order to be an approved Rolls-Royce supplier. In addition, Rolls-Royce encourages its suppliers to adopt and disseminate these values within the supplier's own supply chain.
The Supplier Code of Conduct (1) sets forth the minimum standard of business behavior expected of our suppliers so that they act in a way that is ethical, and corporately responsible and (2) aims to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
In 2010, California enacted the Transparency in Supply Chains Act ("Supply Chains Act"), which requires the disclosure of our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. In compliance with the Supply Chains Act, Rolls-Royce makes this disclosure.
Prior to the enactment of the Supply Chains Act, Rolls-Royce had already set forth in the Supplier Code of Conduct the following "Employment Standards" for our suppliers. These Employment Standards collectively seek to improve the working conditions of our suppliers' employees, including but not limited to a prohibition of slavery and human trafficking:
In addition to these Employment Standards for suppliers, Rolls-Royce mandates that its suppliers make proper provisions for the health, safety and welfare of their employees, visitors and contractors, as well as those in the community who may be affected by the supplier's activities. For monitoring purposes, the Supplier Code of Conduct requires that suppliers ensure that documentation is kept to demonstrate compliance with the Suppliers Code of Conduct. Suppliers must provide Rolls-Royce access to the documentation upon request. Currently, though Rolls-Royce has no knowledge of violations of its Supplier Code of Conduct, Rolls-Royce does not conduct unannounced audits or use independent third parties to conduct audits of its direct supply chain to evaluate risks of human slavery or trafficking.
With the passage of the Supply Chains Act, as well as the enactment of other regulations governing government contractors, Rolls-Royce is in the process of reevaluating its Supplier Code of Conduct. Part of that reevaluation process will include consideration of audits and additional monitoring of Rolls-Royce suppliers, the method by which such monitoring will occur, training of Rolls-Royce procurement personnel on human slavery and trafficking, and internal accountability standards for employees and suppliers who fail to meet our Employment Standards. In addition, Rolls-Royce has requested that its suppliers complete a survey about their manufacturing and labor practices and certify that the supplier is in compliance with applicable laws regarding human slavery and trafficking. Once this reevaluation is complete, Rolls-Royce will update this disclosure.
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