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Trimble's UK Slavery Statement 2017

Trimble is a truly global company with operations in over 35 countries and 9500 employees.

Trimble is committed to ensuring that it complies with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to eradicating the risk of fostering slavery in our supply chain.

Due Diligence and Supplier Assessments

Trimble requires its suppliers, vendors, and contract manufacturers to fully comply with local and national laws where Trimble does business.  Trimble has its own Supplier Code of Conduct which requires an authorized member of the supplier to observe and execute the code. The Supplier Code of Conduct, along with Trimble’s Code of Conduct, sets standards for its employees, suppliers, and partners.  

Suppliers are required to commit to Trimble’s Supplier Code of Conduct which includes having a policy on how they prevent modern slavery and human trafficking within their organisation.

Management within Trimble’s supply chain decides whether to ask a supplier to perform and share the results of an assessment and/or audit. This decision may be based on varying criteria, such as specific spend, country specific requirements and risk analysis. Assessing and managing risk within the supply chain includes, but is not limited to, risk by country, by sector, or by transaction.  New business partnerships or relationships are also included in the risk assessment.

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The supplier assessment itself is far reaching and covers critical themes including measures and policies relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. The assessment can either be evidence based or include an on-site audit. Regarding the evidence based assessment, documents and data will be requested as proof of implementation and the submission will be analyzed and scored accordingly.

In 2017, our global QA and Compliance team collaborated with MetricStream to create a database which can help our global commodity managers screen new suppliers and monitor the performance of existing suppliers.  The database enables us to assess the new supplier’s risk through the country and corruption perception index so we have a better view of the risks, depending on where our suppliers are located. In addition, it enables:

  • Screening and monitoring suppliers
  • Automation and calculation of the supplier’s segmentation risks based on Trimble’s spend, supplier location, and revenue 
  • A faster way to capture red flags based on the pre-screening supplier surveys
  • Check the supplier’s historical performance to better assess the risk 

Suppliers were sent an assessment that was based on Trimble’s Supplier Code of Conduct with additional questions on Labor and General Human Rights.  The suppliers’ responses to the assessment were uploaded in the Supplier Governance Database to evaluate their management system in terms of corporate social responsibility.  The database was designed to flag the responses to certain questions, so Trimble can conduct further due diligence and request further information. The initial due diligence and validation of responses was completed with the use of the database.  Trimble reached out to those suppliers with responses that were flagged in the system and closed any additional action items. 

Looking Ahead

For the next step, our Compliance Team will work with the Supplier Quality Team to monitor those suppliers deemed as a risk in the assessment.   Elements in Trimble’s Supplier Code of Conduct will also be included in the supplier’s on-site audits.  The aim of Trimble’s audit program is to encourage its supply chain partners (buyers, vendors, manufacturers) in providing good work conditions for its workers and building a strong and sustainable workforce through ethical means.  Lastly, a resource page for suppliers will be made available on Trimble’s public website, so potential and existing suppliers are up to date with Trimble’s expectations and requirements. 

Trimble ensures that all staff and partners are aware of the provisions of the Act so that they can recognize risk factors in the supply chain.

Approval: This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Trimble’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2017.  It has been approved by the TEBV company board of directors for and on behalf of UK based subsidiaries.