Inclusion, diversity and human rights
We promote an inclusive, culture reflecting the diversity of our local communities and the customers we serve. We respect and protect human rights throughout our business and supply chain.
Our Equality Policy outlines our expectation that all our employees should be treated with respect and be able to work in an environment in which they can realise their potential, free of harassment and discrimination in any form. We provide training and guidance to all our colleagues to ensure they understand and comply with this policy.
As well as looking to promote diversity within our own business, we also consider diversity as part of our business relationships. SSP America works to support minority businesses through its network of joint venture partnerships and our participation in the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), where members of the SSP America team have held leadership and advisory roles.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy outlines our commitment that the people working for SSP and within our supply chain are to be treated with respect, and their health, safety and basic human rights must be protected and promoted. We require that our suppliers comply with all relevant local and national laws and aim to meet the standards outlined in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, which SSP has adopted as our international standard.
To understand more about how our suppliers are managing human rights within their business, we require suppliers to share ethical trade audits with us, often using the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) platform. Going forward, we will continue to work with our country management teams, in particular in those countries deemed to be higher risk for ethical trade and modern slavery, to ensure that they are able to assess the risks in their supply chain and, where appropriate, work with suppliers to improve performance.
In line with the requirements of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, we also operate a due diligence process to ensure that modern slavery risks are closely monitored within our business and supply chain.