UNITED KINGDOM MODERN SLAVERY ACT STATEMENT
This is a statement setting out the steps the EXPRESS LIFTS COMPANY (“Express”) has taken during the financial year ending 30 November 2019 (the “Reporting Period”) to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of its own business or supply chain. Express is part of OTIS LIMITED (“Otis”) and during the Reporting Period Otis was part of United Technologies Corporation and this statement is published on this basis.
Express designs, manufactures, sells and installs a wide range of passenger and freight elevators as well as escalators and moving walkways for residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure projects. In addition to new equipment, Express performs maintenance and repair services for both its products and those of other manufacturers and provides modernization services to upgrade elevators and escalators. Express serves customers in the commercial, residential and infrastructure property sectors in the UK. During the relevant Reporting Period, Express was part of United Technologies Corporation which provides high-technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide through its four business segments: Otis, Carrier, Pratt & Whitney, and Collins Aerospace Systems (collectively, “UTC”).
Express is committed to ensuring slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in its business or supply chains and, to this end, took or continues to take the following actions during the Reporting Period.
United by Values, UTC’s global Code of Conduct (the “Code”), is the foundation of our culture. It applies to all our directors, officers, and employees, as well as representatives of UTC and our subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. Among other things, the Code includes the following statements:
UTC respects and protects human rights by:
- Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions for its employees based on whatever is most stringent: U.S. standards, local standards, or UTC policies
- Promoting responsible sourcing practices and setting expectations for our key suppliers through the UTC Supplier Code of Conduct, including that suppliers must ensure safe and healthy work environments for their employees, avoid discrimination, ensure that child labor is not used, and avoid human trafficking.
- Never using child labor or forced labor, and always seeking out business partners who share our commitment to fighting human trafficking and supporting human rights
How we Uphold the Code:
Using teams of internal and external experts, UTC audits its operating enti¬ties on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the Code and Company policy. From time to time, UTC may also audit its business partners. Audits, whether announced or unannounced, will culminate in a report that is shared with appropriate stakeholders to facilitate continuous improvement.
When an actual or potential violation of law, the Code, or Company policy is reported or detected, UTC’s Ethics & Compliance Office will conduct a timely and thorough investigation in compliance with the law. Every effort will be made to get all sides of the story, while also maintaining confidentiality to the greatest extent possible, as well as attorney-client privilege when the investigation is being done at the direction of legal counsel.
UTC commits to treating all parties involved in an audit or investigation with respect. To protect confidentiality or address other concerns, there may be times when the details of issues being investigated are not shared with all parties. All employees and business partners must be truthful and fully cooperate with audits and investigations, except where applicable laws limit mandatory cooperation. Cooperation may include participating in interviews and providing documents.
If a violation has occurred or the subject of an audit or investigation has been untruthful or otherwise uncooperative, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken. Such measures may include counseling, warnings, suspension, termination, reimbursement of losses, or even referral for criminal prosecution. UTC’s Ethics & Compliance Office and Human Resources will participate in the disciplinary proceedings to ensure due process and consistent treatment for all employees.
Each year, UTC requires its employees to certify they have read and will comply with the Code. Employees are expected to report any violations of the Code of which they are aware and that have not otherwise been reported to management, the Global Ethics & Compliance organization, or via the Ombudsman program.
UTC Ombudsman Program
Employees and third parties (including suppliers) who observe or suspect a violation of the Code may ask a question or raise concerns in complete confidence through UTC’s Ombudsman Program. Additional information about the UTC Ombudsman Program is available on request.
UTC made and continues to make training available to company management and employees on recognising and mitigating the risk of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains. Employees with direct responsibility for supply chain management are assigned to this training during their second year in that job function.
Supply Chain Expectations and Assessment Processes
Our suppliers are critical to our success and, in order to provide superior products and services in a responsible manner, we require our suppliers to meet our expectations for ethics and compliance.
Contract Terms: UTC’s standard contract terms and conditions of purchase require suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. In addition, our contract terms require suppliers to adopt and comply with a code of conduct or policy statement regarding business conduct, ethics and compliance that satisfies, at a minimum, the principles set forth in the Supplier Code of Conduct (“Supplier Code”). In addition, suppliers are required to have management systems, tools and processes in place that (a) ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and requirements set forth in the Supplier Code; (b) promote an awareness of and commitment to ethical business practices; (c) facilitate the timely discovery, investigation, disclosure and implementation of corrective actions for violations; and (d) provide training to employees on compliance requirements, including the expectations set forth in the Supplier Code. In the event that a supplier commits any material violation of law relating to basic working conditions and human rights in their performance of work of their subcontracts with UTC, UTC has the right to terminate those subcontracts for default.
- Supplier Code of Conduct: Among other things, the Supplier Code requires suppliers to ensure child labour is not used in the performance of their work, whether or not related to UTC business. Suppliers must comply with laws and regulations prohibiting human trafficking. This includes prohibiting the use of forced, bonded or indentured labour, involuntary prison labour, slavery, or trafficking in persons. The Supplier Code also provides that our suppliers will allow UTC and/or its representatives to assess their compliance, as well as the compliance of the supplier’s business partners, with the expectations set forth in the Supplier Code in performing work for UTC, including on-site inspection of facilities. The Supplier Code is available on request.
- Supplier Assessment: Suppliers are subject to robust selection processes and criteria, including for example, verification against government denied party lists. Periodically, in the normal course of business, UTC may conduct site visits with selected suppliers. However, in the ordinary course of business, UTC does not conduct site visits or otherwise evaluate suppliers specifically for the purpose of verifying the eradication of slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Anyone who suspects or observes such conduct may ask a question or raise concerns in complete confidence through UTC’s Ombudsman Program.
This statement has been approved by our Board of Directors on 10 June 2020.
Express Lift Company