Hitachi Rail Europe Limited, Modern Slavery Statement 2017

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (“HRE”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, 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 centres located around the UK.

HRE’s revenue was approximately £903m in the financial year ended 31 March 2017, and it employs over 1,800 people in its offices, manufacturing plant and train maintenance centres across the UK.

HRE’s 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 in excess of 400 vendors that supply other equipment, consumables and services.

We are committed to conducting business ethically and to minimising the risk of slavery or human trafficking in our own business or in our supply chain as much as possible.

We have in place a number of HRE and Group policies addressing issues relevant to slavery or 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.

During the last financial year, HRE has taken, and plans to continue to take, the following steps to address the issue of modern slavery within our business:

  • we are engaging with our supply chain to convey HRE’s anti-slavery commitment and to gain understanding of the measures taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their business;
  • we are focused on mapping our supply chain and assessing areas of potential risk for modern slavery.  Based on the results of this evaluation, we will carry out targeted risk assessments;
  • on completion of the risk assessment, we will revise our strategic sourcing plans to reflect any issues found;
  • we are reviewing all our supply chain accreditations as part of which we are developing a Modern Slavery policy which will be rolled out internally and shared with suppliers as part of their accreditation and on boarding process;
  • we have initiated a programme to develop and implement a Supplier Code of Conduct across our supplier base consistent with our risk evaluation;
  • we have assessed the group of HRE employees (predominantly, our procurement, sales and legal teams) which require targeted training on human rights and modern slavery and we are developing a programme to improve awareness of these issues. We intend to implement mandatory online slavery and human trafficking awareness training into our e-learning programme;
  • we are updating our supplier on-boarding process to incorporate assessment of suppliers’ compliance with the legal requirements relating to modern slavery;
  • we are ensuring that our contractual templates are updated to include specific provisions relating to offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we plan to roll this out to our suppliers.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes HRE’s anti-slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2017.

This statement has been approved by the board of directors of Hitachi Rail Europe Limited.

Karen Boswell
Managing Director
Date: 23 August 2017