This is the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the Getinge Group (“Getinge”) for the financial year ended 31 December 2021 and is prepared in accordance with section 54, part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement sets out the steps taken and the ongoing initiatives being implemented by Getinge to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in Getinge’s business or supply chains.
This statement is made by Getinge Holiding Ltd on behalf of the following group entities:
Getinge Ltd, Getinge Extended Care UK Ltd, Getinge Production UK Ltd, Numac Validation Services Ltd, Getinge IT Solutions Ltd, Scantrack Healthcare Ltd, Quadralene Holdings Ltd and Quadralene Ltd.
This statement has been supported by our leadership and formally approved by the Getinge Holding Ltd board of directors.
Organization, structure and supply chains
Getinge is a global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive-care units, hospital wards, sterilization departments and for life science companies and institutions. Getinge employs approximately 11,700 employee’s spread globally across 38 countries, supporting commercial activities, production, corporate roles, research and clinical studies. Getinge’s core production is actually conducted in 7 countries and Getinge’s production sites hold different ISO certifications.
Getinge’s corporate headquarters are located in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the parent company Getinge AB (publ) is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information about who we are and what we do please visit www.getinge.com/int/about-us/.
The parts of Getinge’s supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place are predominantly in extraction of metals and minerals and in transportation.
Some of Getinge’s products contain tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, most often in electronic devices needed in Getinge’s products. These metals, often named 3TG, have become known as 'conflict minerals' because they may be, in part, sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a long civil war is ongoing. Illegal armed groups control some of these mines and transit routes to fund their violent operations.
Getinge is committed to having a conflict-free supply chain and when conflict minerals are used in Getinge’s products, Getinge conduct’s due diligence activities on its supply chain to reasonably ensure that if the minerals originate from within the conflict area they are from conflict-free sources. For more information on Getinge’s position on conflict minerals please visit www.getinge.com/int/about-us/our-responsibility/conflict-minerals/
Our Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy
Getinge has signed the UN Global Compact Initiative and supports the ten principles of the UN Global Compact on Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption. All Getinge employees are required to follow the company Code of Conduct and accompanying policies, which stipulate how the company does business and describes the company’s and the employees’ responsibilities to its stakeholders. Since 2019 Getinge has issued a dedicated Policy on Human Rights, accepted and adopted by the Getinge AB Board of Directors and implemented worldwide in Getinge. According to Getinge’s Human Rights Policy, forced labour, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery are not accepted in any of Getinge’s businesses. Getinge’s Human Rights Policy is available at www.getinge.com/int/about-us/sustainability/social-responsibility/
Getinge’s commitment to human rights is set out in Getinge’s Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy which is applicable for everyone working for and on behalf of Getinge; employees, consultants, controlled companies as well as suppliers and business partners. Training about Getinge’s Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy was conducted in 2021 and continued to be conducted in 2022 as part of Getinge’s Global Compliance training program. Getinge’s Code of Conduct (including the Human Rights Policy) is available at www.getinge.com/code-of-conduct
Business Partner Code of Conduct and Due Diligence
Getinge is committed to working with the right Business Partners to support its business based on social responsibility, ethical, environmental and commercial aspects including the principles of the UK Modern Slavery Act.
During 2021 Getinge revised its expectations on its suppliers which resulted in a new Business Partner Code of Conduct that will continue to be implemented during 2022.
Getinge’s Code of Conduct for Business Partners articulates Getinge’s commitment to responsible leadership and sets forth the business principles that Getinge expects all its Business Partners to comply with in the course of their business relationship with Getinge. It includes references on how to report misconduct and additionally makes available the Getinge Speak-up line. Getinge’s purchasing function is responsible for implementing the Business Partner Code of Conduct and responsible sourcing principles, with support from Ethics and Compliance. To match the updated expectations the supplier qualification process was reviewed during 2022 to include environmental, social and governance dimensions in addition to quality dimensions. The updated qualification process is being tested during Q4 2022 with the aim of a full implementation during 2023. The supplier qualification process is based on applicable laws, regulations, ISO-certification and best practice. Getinge focuses on sourcing from “Preferred Group Suppliers” to capture synergies and build long-term relations with suppliers sharing Getinge’s values.
During 2020 Suppliers could already sign the Getinge Business Partner Code of Conduct, where the Supplier agrees on Getinge’s position on conflict minerals (see above) and standards of ethics. The Business Partner Code of Conduct is structured in accordance with the four focus areas identified in the UN Global Compact (human rights, labour conditions, environment and anti-corruption). The Business Partner Code of Conduct outlines the minimum standards Getinge requires its suppliers to comply with when doing business with Getinge in addition to overserving and complying with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards. Getinge’s current Business Partner Code of Conduct is available at www.getinge.com/int/about-us/business-ethics
Due Diligence Processes
To manage third party representative risk, Getinge established a Third Party Risk Management Office in its Shared Service Center in Krakow in 2019. A new mandatory third party engagement process was established and implemented during 2020. Over a period of time and in a manner of prioritization deemed acceptable by Getinge’s CFO and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Getinge will bring all third parties within the process and up to the level of due diligence required.
New Due Diligence procedures and governance was developed during 2021 to address risks from a broader scope including environment, social, governance, product and business aspects.
All stakeholders have the opportunity to raise questions and or concerns regarding potential and actual adverse Human Rights impacts by using the Getinge Speak-Up Line. The Speak-Up Line is available 24/7, 365 days per year on Getinge internal and external webpages.
Getinge has established grievance mechanisms, and is committed to investigating any concerns. If Getinge discovers any severe adverse human rights impacts, Getinge will act appropriately without delay.
Getinge is on a journey of improving and ethically growing as a company, putting human rights and supply chain issues at the center of the company’s focus to establish a better and more fair business. Getinge encourages its partners and stakeholders to help it progress by, approaching Getinge directly or through the appropriate channels established. Getinge welcomes any feedback and is committed to incorporating such feedback and subsequent actions in subsequent modern slavery and human trafficking statements.
Managing Director, Getinge Holding Ltd