As we report on our progress for 2019 we are increasingly mindful of the escalating global challenge presented by COVID-19 and the expected longer-term challenges this unprecedented event will bring to our own business, colleagues, suppliers, and ultimately workers all over the world. Now, more than ever, we remain committed to doing the right thing as a business.
Within our supply chain, there is no place for Modern Slavery, plain and simple. Unfortunately, to address this criminal activity in an effective way across industries and governments is anything but simple.
Throughout 2019 we continued to improve our ways of working to ensure that we can make a real difference by enabling us to prevent, identify and take appropriate action to protect the people who are contributing to our business every day.
We are proud to share our fourth modern slavery statement which details the progress we have made to the way we assess, engage and prioritise our work to combat modern slavery throughout 2019. In the last 12 months we have been able to build upon our fantastic work in previous years and demonstrate progress against our objectives and we have continued to take great steps forward to maximise our impact and collaborate with relevant industry partners.
In line with our parent company Walmart’s Responsible Sourcing Compliance programme, we continue to work closely with our suppliers and service providers to address these issues in a variety of innovative ways and are pleased to report these actions and activities in the following Statement.