Ethical Foundations

It is extremely important to us to ensure that our teams and all of our partners around the world behave in a socially, ethically and environmentally responsible manner. We make our standards clear and employ significant resources in the UK and at source to make sure these are understood and adhered to.

Slavery and Human Trafficking

The dps board of directors have agreed and signed the below statement. We are fully committed to social, ethical and environmental responsibilities within our supply chain and have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking.

To demonstrate our commitment and transparency:
  • Senior level responsibility

    Senior level responsibility

    We have a senior manager responsible for ensuring the commitment, policies, practices, and due diligence relating to the eradication of Slavery and Human Trafficking is upheld and progressed within our global supply chains

  • Annual risk assessments

    Annual risk assessments

    We conduct annual supplier risk assessments on all suppliers capturing the threats and vulnerabilities within the supply chain. These incorporate government human trafficking data in addition to other risk factors including human rights and country governance and accountability. Our team of trained auditors visit individual supplying sites to conduct an in-depth analysis of the labour force.

  • Code of Practice

    Code of Practice

    We require our suppliers to sign a dps Code of Practice annually. This prohibits the use of forced; bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labour; involuntary prison labour; slavery or trafficking of persons in line with the Ethical Trading Base Codes

  • SEDEX membership

    SEDEX membership

    We are committed members of The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX). We also require our suppliers to become members and to complete a comprehensive self-assessment questionnaire capturing labour supply which forms an integral part of our risk assessment process and management

  • Stronger2gether partnership

    Stronger2gether partnership

    Representatives have been part of the multi stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery; Stronger2gether http://stronger2gether.org and attended bespoke training to ensure company compliance. Additionally we became Stronger2gether business partners in 2015