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Sustainability Policy

Human Rights, Health and safety and Environment Policies

1. Introduction
Usbepower is committed to acting ethically and with integrity at all times. To achieve this, the USBEPOWER has implemented and enforces effective systems and controls in all its business dealings and relationships throughout the world.

2. Modern Slavery
Modern slavery is a criminal offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and a violation of fundamental human rights. Modern slavery can occur in various forms, including the offences of:-

holding another person in slavery or servitude;

forced and compulsory labour; and

human trafficking for exploitation

all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

The USBEPOWER has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to identifying and minimising so far as possible the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in its supply chains and in all areas of its business.

The USBEPOWER is committed to ensuring there is transparency within its organisation, and in its approach to tackling modern slavery throughout its business supply chains, consistent with its disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The USBEPOWER expects the same high standards from its Employees.

As part of the USBEPOWER’s contracting processes, specific obligations against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, are included in our terms and conditions. Again, the USBEPOWER expects its Employees to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any area of the USBEPOWER’s business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for the USBEPOWER or under the USBEPOWER’s control. Employees are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this Code of Conduct. Policies and procedures must be implemented and monitored to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in an Associate’s own business or supply chains and employees, suppliers and all those reporting to an Associate should receive training on the issue of modern slavery to a level relevant to their role.

3. Human Rights (not covered by the Modern Slavery Act 2015)
Policies that are consistent with the spirit and intent of the Human Rights Act 1998 should also be adopted. Such policies may include:

elimination of discrimination in employment;

prohibition of child labour;

eradication of harassment, physical or mental punishment or abuse;

reasonable wages (including, at least, the minimum wage) and hours of work; and

freedom of association.

4. Health and Safety
The USBEPOWER expects its managers to provide its employees with a safe and healthy work environment.

Policies and procedures regarding the prevention of ill health and injury should be implemented through the training of our Employees’ employees to a level relevant to their role.

Performance should be continually measured and systems must be in place to mitigate and manage risk.

5. Environment
Employees should have in place initiatives to minimise their negative impact upon the environment and to maximise resource efficiency wherever possible.

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