Modern Slavery Act

 

Hitachi Consulting UK Limited.

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement

Hitachi Consulting is the global management consulting, solutions and IT services business of Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi Consulting UK Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Consulting Corporation in the US which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan. Our UK operations are headquartered in London with a presence in Manchester and Richmond. We also have offices across Europe, including without limitation Spain and Portugal. We additionally operate in America, the Middle East and Asia.

Building on Hitachi, Ltd.’s technology heritage, Hitachi Consulting works across all industry sectors to deliver and run technology solutions for our customers across the domains ‘Digital’, ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Analytics’, ‘Cloud’ and ‘ERP’. Working with their existing process and focusing on targeted business challenges, we help our clients respond to dynamic global change with insight and agility. Our approach is to work with our clients to deliver measurable and sustainable business results and to offer a better consulting experience. We work with approximately 40 active trade suppliers and approximately 85 non-trade suppliers in support of our UK operations.

We are committed to doing business the right way, including conducting business ethically and to minimizing the risk of slavery or human trafficking in our own business and in our supply chains as much as possible.

We have in place a number of company and group-wide policies that address our position on slavery and human trafficking, including:

  1. the Hitachi Group Codes of Conduct;
  2. the Hitachi Consulting Code of Ethics and Business Conduct;
  3. written employment practices, procedures and diversity policies which ensure fair recruitment and treatment of employees;
  4. a written whistleblowing procedure to encourage employees to report concerns of malpractice, which would include any concerns related to slavery and human trafficking issues;
  5. the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy; and a Supplier Code of Conduct which requires our suppliers to comply with our high standards.

In the last financial year, we have taken, and during FY2017 are continuing to take the following steps in order to address and minimize modern slavery in response to the Modern Slavery Act:

  1. We have rolled out the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy across our global business to supplement the existing Hitachi Consulting Group Code of Conduct;
  2. We are continuing to communicate and clarify our expectations of our suppliers regarding their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act;
  3. We are continuing to focus on the process of mapping our supply chains and undertaking a full risk assessment to identify areas of potential risk for modern slavery;
  4. We are continuing to review our due diligence processes to align with the supply chain mapping and risk assessment exercises to ensure an appropriate risk-based approach;
  5. We conduct regular mandatory online training on the Hitachi Group Codes of Conduct, which includes aspects of human rights, to be completed by all employees and will include a modern slavery specific section going forward;
  6. We have prepared updated contractual provisions to include specific provisions relating to offences under the Modern Slavery Act. These provisions will be included in our client, supplier subcontractor, and teaming/alliance agreements;
  7. We are looking to identify ways of tracking progress and monitoring suppliers’ modern slavery compliance; and
  8. Once we have completed our full risk assessment and review of due diligence processes, we will consider further improvements to be made in our sourcing procedures and develop a written modern slavery policy.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Hitachi Consulting UK Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2017. It has been approved by Hitachi Consulting UK Limited’s Board of Directors.


John O’Brien
Executive Vice President – EMEA
Date: 31 October 2017

 

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