Hitachi Rail Europe Limited, Modern Slavery Act (“MSA”) 2015 Statement

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (“HRE”) is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK. HRE is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signaling, traffic management systems, and train maintenance services. HRE’s operations include a rolling stock manufacturing plant at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and train maintenance facilities located around the UK.

The HRE supply chain consists of suppliers that are internal to the wider Hitachi Group and external suppliers. The contribution of our internal suppliers is significant in terms of the overall value of products supplied to HRE. In addition, we have approximately 90 vendors supplying rolling stock materials and components, and over 400 vendors that supply other equipment, consumables and services.

HRE revenue was approximately £574m in financial year ended 31 March 2016, and it employs over 1,000 people across its offices, manufacturing plant and maintenance facilities across the UK.

We are committed to conducting business ethically and to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or in our supply chains.

We have in place a number of company and Group policies which address issues relevant to slavery and human trafficking, including:

  • the Hitachi Group Codes of Conduct
  • the Hitachi Group Human Rights Policy
  • the HRE Dignity at Work Policy
  • written employment practices and procedures which ensure fair recruitment and treatment of employees
  • a written whistleblowing procedure to encourage employees to report concerns of malpractice, which would include any concerns related to slavery and human trafficking issues

Through our parent company we are members of the UN Global Compact’s UK Modern Slavery Working Group and participate in the Human Rights/MSA committees of relevant trade and industry bodies.

In the coming financial year we plan to take the following steps to address the issue of modern slavery:

  • We will develop an HRE Supplier Code of Conduct to include modern slavery and human trafficking standards  
  • We have a plan to map our supply chain and undertake a supplier risk evaluation
  • We will develop a programme to implement the HRE Supplier Code of Conduct across our supplier base consistent with our risk evaluation  
  • Based on the results of the evaluation we will carry out targeted risk assessments
  • We will assess which groups of employees require targeted training on human rights and modern slavery and develop a programme to improve awareness of the issues. We are also looking at integrating slavery and human trafficking awareness training into our e-learning programme
  • We will update our supplier on-boarding process to incorporate assessment of suppliers’ compliance with the MSA requirements
  • On completion of the risk evaluation we will revise our strategic sourcing plans to reflect any issues found

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Hitachi Rail Europe Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2016.

Karen Boswell
Managing Director
Date: 30th September 2016