Modern Slavery Statement
SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
31st December 2020
Randox Holdings, parent company of the Randox Group, publish this, our 2021 Modern Slavery Statement pursuant to the requirements placed on eligible UK businesses per the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Randox resolutely stands against slavery, servitude, forced labour, and human trafficking offences in the UK and abroad. The objective of this statement is to reiterate our commitment to:
1) Increase awareness of modern slavery; and
2) To ensure that no slavery, in any form as defined by the Modern Slavery Act, is being employed in our business or in our supply chains.
Randox fully endorses the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and unreservedly condemns all forms of human slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
The Randox Group has almost 40 years’ experience in the field of in vitro diagnostics (IVD). The Group comprises a number of divisions, including Health, Reagents, Quality Control, RX Series, Toxicology, Biosciences, Food Diagnostics and Testing Services, with over 2,100 employees across its global facilities. In 2020/21, based on these capabilities, Randox responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by quickly developing innovative Covid-19 PCR assays and constructing the highest throughput Covid-19 testing facilities in the UK, and amongst the very largest in Europe.
Randox is acknowledged as a global leader within the IVD marketplace; beyond our Covid-19 capabilities, more than 5% of the world’s population – in excess of 370 million people across 145 countries- receive medical diagnosis using Randox products each year. Randox is the largest diagnostic company from the UK and routinely exports over 95% of products worldwide. Our products and services are used in hospitals, clinical, research and molecular laboratories, food testing, forensic toxicology, life sciences, and veterinary laboratories. Randox has a staffing level of approximately 2,100 at the time of publication. Some 1,700 are employed in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Randox has International Offices or staff in Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, USA and Vietnam.
POLICIES AND CONTRACTUAL CONTROLS
As an organization Randox is committed to meeting high ethical standards and observing all applicable local, national and international laws wherever we do business. The group HR function is centrally controlled and managed with appropriate controls and policies to safeguard the rights and welfare of employees and allow them to safely report any abuses. Policies include:
- Anti- Bribery
- Bullying and Harassment
- Slavery and Human Trafficking
Randox complies fully with employment law applicable across the United Kingdom and those countries where we employ staff. The right for migrant workers to lawfully live and work in the UK is closely scrutinised as part of our UK recruitment process. We work closely with and are compliant to all regulations set out by UK Visas and Immigration. For all overseas operations, adherence to and compliance with local employment law and migration issues is closely supervised throughout the Randox Group recruitment processes.
The Randox Group also have systems and controls for managing the quality, efficiency and proficiency processes within its supply chain. These controls are accredited. For example, ISO 13485:2016, ISO17403:201 and ISO 17025:2015. Randox is working towards achieving accreditation to ISO: 27001:2013.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen changes in policy and systems with the implementation of local and national government social distancing policies and travel restrictions.
Working with our supply chain partners, Randox have, and will, continue to engage to incorporate anti-slavery and human trafficking terms as part of its agreements and contractual processes. Contracts also include obligations to comply with all applicable local, national and international laws, including new legislation introduced during the term of the contract. Requiring agreement of our supply chain partners to Modern Slavery legislation shows our resolve to spread awareness of this most important issue and send a message that as a company- we will not tolerate, reward, or knowingly contribute to this international problem.
DUE DILIGENCE AND RESPONSE
The Randox Group sells goods and services and also buys goods and services from third parties and it understands that there is a potential for exposure to Modern Slavery in any transaction.
Randox are confident in our ability to control risks within our UK operations, noting potential issues within supply chains in countries that are deemed to be at higher risk. As reported by the Thompson Reuters Foundation and other reputable organizations, there are certain countries that are identified as being at extreme risk of human rights offenses, including but not limited to the use of slave labour and human trafficking.
Where non-complaint behaviour is identified within our supply chain partners, Randox will unambiguously stress our requirements for compliant behaviour, we will rigorously meet our statutory responsibilities and take our subsequent business decisions accordingly.
Randox staff engage in training upon induction into the company, and ongoing training is part of staff development. On the first day of induction training, a new member of staff learns of the company’s zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery per our HR policy. Information regarding the company’s commitment to raising awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is further provided in the Randox Company Handbook, provided to all employees. Randox will continue to monitor and review this curriculum in light of any changes to legislation. This slavery and human trafficking statement is available to all staff via the intranet.
Any individual who wishes to raise concern in relation to slavery of human trafficking should write to the Randox Legal Department in the first instance, for review and response:
Randox Laboratories Limited
55 Diamond Road
Crumlin, B29 4QY
This concludes Randox’s third Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. This statement will be reviewed annually.
|Document Title||Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement|
|Financial Period||Year End 30th June 2020|
|This statement has been approved to form by||Directors of the Company|
Published on Randox.com (External)
Print: Dr. S. Peter FitzGerald
Parent of Randox Laboratories Limited