Slavery and human trafficking are abhorrent crimes and we all have a responsibility to ensure that they do not continue. At CEMEX we are proud of the steps we have taken as a company to combat this practice and pride ourselves on conducting our business ethically and responsibly. The following shows our commitment to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in our business or any of our supply chains
We are a building materials company that manufactures ready-mixed concrete, cement and aggregates and we also supply and install asphalt materials, manufacture concrete block paving, rail products, bespoke pre-cast and concrete blocks. CEMEX UK Operations Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of CEMEX S.A.B de C.V which has its head office in Monterrey, Mexico. CEMEX UK Operations Limited is the main operating company within the UK. Further information about CEMEX can be found at our Investor Centre.
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk within our business and our supply chains:
- We, along with all other subsidiaries of our ultimate parent CEMEX S.A.B de C.V (collectively the “CEMEX Group”) maintain and comply with a Code of Ethics in which we set out our firm commitment never to use child or forced labour and safeguard fundamental human rights. See CEMEX Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
- All CEMEX Group employees are part of ETHOS, a worldwide CEMEX initiative which embodies our Code of Ethics. ETHOS features on the CEMEX intranet and provides information and assistance which enables employees to integrate ethics and compliance into their daily work. Amongst others, employees can call the “ETHOS Line”, which is a safe and confidential channel to ask questions and report violations related to ethics, compliance, and governance topics. All employees are required to undertake training to ensure that they understand the company’s ethics and standards. Violation of our Code of Ethics is a disciplinary offence.
- We embrace the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, also referred to as the “Ruggie Framework”. In 2014 the CEMEX Group released the Corporate Human Rights Policy (CEMEX Policy Statement) where we express our commitment to comply with applicable laws, regulations, declarations and international treaties safeguarding human rights. See our Policy Statement
- We abide by a Conflict Minerals Policy Statement which sets out certain guidelines and criteria for the identification of Conflict Minerals. See our Conflict Minerals Policy
- The CEMEX Group is also a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. See our United Nation's Global Compact Principles
- As of 2014, we follow the GRI-G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to develop our Integrated Report. Through the GRI Guidelines, we are obliged to disclose any use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour. See our Sustainable Development Report
- The CEMEX Group has developed a Code of Conduct for suppliers to adhere to our values, based on the above-mentioned CEMEX Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and the UN Global Compact principles and we expect our suppliers to comply with this. See our Code of Conduct when Doing Business.
- To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme whereby we have engaged AFNOR CERTIFICATION to assist us in evaluating our key suppliers on various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility. AFNOR CERTIFICATION is an international organization recognized for performing sustainability assessments and it collaborates with CEMEX as the third party evaluator in our Supplier Sustainability Evaluation initiative, assuring an objective evaluation to all suppliers. Through the implementation of this programme, we ensure a responsible supply chain that shares our company’s ideas, practices and sustainable policies. Where suppliers are not able to provide us with adequate assurance as to their compliance with our policies on, amongst others, slavery and human trafficking then we will cease trading with them unless they take verifiable steps towards compliance. The programme is currently being run with certain key suppliers but we intend to bring all suppliers onto this scheme.
- Our HR Department has measures in place to monitor the terms upon which employees are engaged and remunerated.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide relevant training and support to ensure compliance in this area. All senior management have been briefed on the subject.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2016 and is given by CEMEX UK Operations Limited on behalf of itself and its associated UK group companies.