This statement is published in accordance with Section 54 of The Modern Slavery Act. It sets out the steps taken during 2017 by Gist Limited to ensure that no form of modern slavery takes place in its operations.
Gist Limited is a leading UK supply chain company. With more than fifty years of experience in global supply chains, Gist's 5,000 employees operate from 30+ locations in the UK, Europe and the USA. Gist is owned by leading gases company The Linde Group. Through its extensive network of sites and close partnerships, Gist manages end-to-end supply chains across the world.
At Gist, we have strong ethical standards and fully support the Modern Slavery Act. We, as a company, have zero tolerance for human trafficking and slavery with the requirement and expectation that our supply chain and contractors comply with our company values.
Our Code of Ethics details our standards of integrity and ethical conduct in relation to all employees, shareholders, local communities and the public, as well as customers, suppliers and markets. The Code covers 15 subject matters including human rights and fair treatment. Employees receive training on the Code of Ethics.
Our Integrity Line exists to handle any concerns raised in relation to the application of the Code of Ethics which cannot be dealt with through standard management practices. It provides an additional channel for both employees and third parties to report potential irregularities. Gist will not tolerate, and strictly prohibits, retaliation against those who raise concerns.
We adhere to high standards within every aspect of our business and we require all of our partners to share our ethical business practices. As part of our standard procurement process, our suppliers are required to commit to our Code of Conduct for Suppliers, which explicitly details our non-tolerance of human trafficking or slave labour of any form. We will only work with suppliers that commit to meeting the required standards.
As part of our constant drive for continuous improvement, we will review all our policies and processes on an ongoing basis, and will continue to do so in relation to this area.