Corporate Responsibility

Modern slavery statement for financial year 2018/19

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd. has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd. has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our business

KLUK offers premium global logistics services, international freight forwarding and supply chain solutions for a wide spectrum of industries. KLUK is part of Kerry Network whose Head Office is in Hong Kong. Globally, we employ over 23,000 people at 700+ service locations in over 40 countries and territories.

Our high risk areas

With a significant footprint in Asia and the Asian Sub-continent, we operate in areas considered to be at high risk of modern slavery. Some of our services are undertaken through manual and relatively unskilled activities, such as loading/unloading and sorting of cargoes.
Our policies
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
  1. Code of business conduct:  This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.]
  2. Recruitment policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  3. Whistleblowing policy: We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
  4. Procurement and sourcing policy: The primary responsibility for identifying risks and implementing process around prevention of modern slavery in our supply chain will lie with our procurement and sourcing functions within each operational department/branch and service department.

Our suppliers

Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd. operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list.  We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier.  This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery [and on site audits which include a review of working conditions]. 
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we are in the process of undertaking the following actions:
  • introducing contractual obligations that reflect modern slavery legislation across our standard terms and bespoke contractual arrangements
  • building the assessment of slavery and trafficking risk into our supplier sourcing, due diligence and on-boarding programmes
  • reviewing and assessing existing suppliers, and in particular their sourcing policies in key risk areas
  • assessing whether a formal Supplier Code of Conduct would be an effective tool in areas of the business where a modern slavery risk is identified.
We have historically favoured suppliers that operate under recognised ethical codes of conduct that include regular compliance audits and we only work with companies that contractually commit to complying with applicable laws and regulations.


We regularly conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.

Our performance indicators

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

Approval for this statement

This statement was approved by the Kerry Logistics (UK) Ltd Board of Directors
Name (Director):- Dave Gaughan
Date:- 19/05/2018
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