ESCO Corporation U.K. Modern Slavery Act 2015 and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 Statement
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps ESCO Corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively, "ESCO") have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Additionally, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires certain disclosures regarding human trafficking and slavery, in particular.
ESCO Corporation is a global leader in mining, construction and industrial equipment. With more than 100 years of experience in the science of metals, alloys and wear materials, ESCO products are used in a wide range of applications, including highly abrasive digging, recycling, excavation, drilling, snow plowing and many more. ESCO is recognized as an industry leader delivering innovative products and custom engineered solutions that enhance customer productivity and safety. Privately held, ESCO is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., and maintains operations on six continents.
ESCO maintains a strong culture of ethics and compliance. We are committed to the highest level of ethical conduct and compliance with the laws in all of the countries in which we conduct business. As such, ESCO is committed to ensuring our operations and supply chain are free of human trafficking, slavery, or any type of forced labor. Due to the global nature of ESCO’s operations and our reliance on third party suppliers, we recognize the risk for unethical behavior. Although we cannot control every aspect of our suppliers’ operations, we have adopted internal standards and require our suppliers and other counterparties to observe certain standards in order to do business with ESCO.
Our Internal Standards
ESCO’s employment standards clearly prohibit forced labor (including human trafficking) or child labor in our operations, and we conduct internal audits of our manufacturing locations to ensure compliance with these standards. ESCO does not currently maintain internal standards for employees and contractors regarding slavery and human trafficking specifically, or provide training to employees and management on these specific matters. However, our employees and management do receive regular Code of Conduct training and are expected to respect the human rights and dignity of all people.
Our Due Diligence Process and Supply Chain Standards
ESCO takes steps to screen our suppliers for evidence of unethical operations and behaviors, and we expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including laws and regulations that prohibit forced labor and human trafficking. The assessment of our suppliers is based upon geography, the commodity or materials purchased, supplier quality performance and the nature of the business transaction. Although we do not currently verify our product supply chain or audit suppliers specifically to evaluate risks of human trafficking and slavery or require our suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into products comply with laws regarding human trafficking and slavery in the countries in which they are doing business, our global terms and conditions specifically forbid the use of forced labor, child labor, and physically abusive disciplinary practices. As ESCO continues to improve the supplier assessment process it will look for additional methods to combat slavery and human trafficking.
The Board of Directors of ESCO Corporation delegated approval of this statement on its behalf to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESCO Corporation, at its board meeting on 6 May 2017.
Calvin W. Collins
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer