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Modern slavery

Laing O’Rourke Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This statement has been made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act on behalf of the following companies within the Laing O’Rourke Group:

  • Select Plant Hire Co Ltd  
  • Expanded Ltd 
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd 
  • Crown House Technologies Ltd 
  • Laing O’Rourke Services Ltd 

About our business

Through its operations around the world, across building and infrastructure sectors, Laing O’Rourke’s 2025 mission will see the business secure its position as the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry.

With a heritage that draws on 170 years’ experience and a diverse group of vertically integrated businesses, Laing O’Rourke has helped forge cities, communities and economies.

We attract and develop the very best people. Our 13,000 people across the UK, Australia, and the Middle East deliver engineering innovation, project leadership and certainty for our clients on the world’s most complex and challenging buildings and infrastructure.

More information about Laing O’Rourke can be found here

Doing the right thing: Our Global Code of Conduct

Our reputation for acting safely and responsibly is critical to running a successful and growing business that generates value for all our stakeholders. Our 2025 mission to become the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry requires that we maintain and continue to build our reputation. At Laing O’Rourke we undertake to do business the right way, not business at any price.

This means that everyone directly employed by us is expected to follow the Code and we require anyone acting or working on our behalf, such as consultants, partners, affiliates, sub-contractors and suppliers, to follow and uphold the intent of the standards set out in the Code.

The Code specifically requires our employees and business partners to observe basic human rights and local labour laws.

A mandatory online Code of Conduct training module is provided to all our monthly-paid staff that must be successfully completed within three months of the start of their employment. On-site operatives are provided with a ‘tool-box talk’ covering the key elements of the Code to ensure we drive responsible and ethical behaviour into our delivery activities at site level.

Our on-boarding process also includes a requirement for all new employees to read Laing O'Rourke's Modern Slavery Statement.

If anyone feels that a breach of the Code may be taking place, they are encouraged to raise it. Raising a concern may be done via a line manager or supervisor, through appointed trained Compliance Officers or through our dedicated, confidential whistle-blowing hotline which is independently run with trained operators available 24/7. 

The Code outlines our commitment to upholding the human rights of all those who work with us and sets out our compliance with international conventions regarding human rights and enforced or child labour.

Our Global Code of Conduct can be read in full on our website.

Building a strong supply chain

Our suppliers play a vital role in supporting our business activities, and our reputation depends on the quality of the services they deliver. For this reason, we work closely with our trading partners to ensure they share our values. Our supplier relationships are founded on collaboration and respect.

We require our suppliers to comply with all applicable regulations and legislation relating to working hours, wages, welfare and human rights.

During 2017/18 we introduced a category management approach to our procurement activities, allowing us to form deeper relationships with key vendors throughout our supply chain. Such an approach drives closer collaboration and supports closer alignment to our corporate goals and values.

We also believe in supporting our suppliers through training and knowledge-sharing, and hold regular forums to communicate clear expectations.

Governance, due diligence process, vetting and auditing of suppliers

In order for a supplier to work on one of our projects they must first become accredited via our internal vetting processes. This involves the supplier completing a pre-qualification vendor questionnaire to determine whether they have the right policies, processes and procedures in place. As part of this process we require our suppliers to set out their policies and approach to managing modern slavery. We also conduct our own due diligence enquiries using a risk-based approach.

The performance of our suppliers is then monitored and assessed in a number of areas on a quarterly basis to identify any opportunities for improvement or to acknowledge successes at review meetings.

For our more strategic trades and high-risk purchase and subcontract orders, our category teams integrate with the suppliers to develop greater in-depth knowledge of all aspects of their businesses and their upstream supply-chain and where appropriate commission a third party audit.

Human rights and working conditions in key markets

With international operations spanning the UK, UAE, and Australia, Laing O’Rourke remains vigilant to the risk of slavery and human trafficking and recognises that in certain markets the number of workers that are trafficked, exploited and forced to work in the construction industry is rising.

Our direct employment model together with maintaining an integrated internal supply chain wherever possible provides us with more effective control. Of the 13,000 Laing O’Rourke employees, 7,000 people make up our on-site workforce. 

Corporate governance framework

We operate within an established and externally benchmarked corporate governance framework that is underpinned by our Mission and Guiding Principles. A key function of our corporate governance framework is the identification, management and mitigation of operational and financial risks. More about our approach can be seen here.

As outlined throughout this Statement, our Global Code of Conduct provides us and our partners with the guidance we all need to do the right thing.

This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of Laing O’Rourke Corporation Limited.

Madeleina Loughrey-Grant
Group Director of Legal and Tax
October 2018