Respecting human rights

SABMiller is committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights. We are a signatory of the UN Global Compact.

We have developed an approach which helps our local businesses to identify and mitigate human rights risks within their operations and value chains, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. During the year, we updated our human rights policy to clarify our position on areas such as land rights and grievance mechanisms. We held workshops in London, Bangalore, Johannesburg, and Miami to review this and work out how best to address human rights risks in different local contexts.

We respect the right to union representation and 44.1% of employees are union members or covered by collective bargaining agreements (2015: 42.8%). 

UK Modern Slavery Act

The UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force in October 2015. This requires large businesses that supply goods or services in the UK to make a public statement annually about the steps taken during the financial year to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in any of the supply chains and in any part of the organisation.

Modern slavery includes slavery, servitude, forced labour, and human trafficking. Modern slavery can be difficult to identify in supply chains due to the shared interest in hiding it among the organisations exploiting workers, and also the workers who fear losing their jobs and even deportation. While modern slavery is a global problem, there is a greater risk that it may be present in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Our Human Rights Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct prohibit all forms of modern slavery. We take a risk-based approach and seek to understand the risk of modern slavery, and address identified risks, through robust due-diligence and engagement with key local stakeholders.

Read SABMiller's slavery and human trafficking statement