The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced by the UK government to address slavery and human trafficking. Modern slavery can occur in various forms including servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking and can affect children and adults (“Slavery”).
Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited (‘Whirlpool UK’) is a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation (“Whirlpool”) which is located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA. Whirlpool is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world with origins tracing back to 1911. Whirlpool manufactures products in 14 countries and markets products in nearly every country around the world under brand names such as Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and Hotpoint*. Whirlpool’s reportable segments consist of North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Latin America and Asia. Whirlpool has approximately 93,000 employees.
Whirlpool UK understands the importance of having an extensive and transparent supply chain and strives to ensure that its suppliers do not engage in any abusive, exploitative or illegal activities. Whirlpool, which Whirlpool UK is part of, is continually committed to ensuring that its suppliers operate in a manner that is consistent with Whirlpool’s global ethical standards. Whirlpool established the Global Supplier Code of Conduct in 2006 which reinforced its commitment to do business with fair and ethical suppliers. Please see http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/supplier-code-of-conduct/ for further information.
Whirlpool UK acknowledges that there is a continuous risk of Slavery in all sectors, industries and jurisdictions, particularly in relation to raw materials sourcing and product manufacturing. Consequently, Whirlpool UK has implemented enhanced measures to address Slavery.
Whirlpool UK does not support Slavery but understands that it is a continuous risk. Consequently, Whirlpool monitors its business and strives to further enhance its culture and programmes to demonstrate its commitment.
*Whirlpool ownership of the Hotpoint brand in EMEA and Asia Pacific regions is not affiliated with the Hotpoint brand in the Americas