Minova* opposes any form of human rights violation. This Statement is made pursuant to s54 of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Minova has taken during the 12 months ending 30 September 2021 to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain, or any part of our business.
Minova is an industry leader of ground support and geotechnical solutions for mining, tunnelling and surface ground engineering projects. We are known for our high-quality products, technical expertise and customer problem-solving. Our 140-year track record of developing and delivering innovative ground support solutions is a heritage we are proud of.
Minova is committed to maintaining and improving systems and processes to avoid complicity in slavery or human trafficking.
At Minova, how we do business is as important as what we do. Demonstrating integrity and strict discipline around compliance is the right and lawful thing to do and a reflection of our broader commitment to operational excellence and risk mitigation.
We are opposed to any form of slavery or human trafficking and are committed to maintaining and improving systems and processes to avoid complicity in slavery or human trafficking.
We respect and support the rights of our people to a healthy, safe and secure working environment, a workplace free of discrimination and freedom of association.
We are also committed to preventing the use of all forms of forced, compulsory or child labour in our operations. We strongly support the policy behind the U.K. Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our Processes & Procedures
As part of Minova’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement regarding human rights performance, in FY21 we continued to invest time and resources to assess the risk of human rights violations in our own operations, and our supply chain, and develop appropriate controls.
We continued the establishment of an entirely new set of Group Procedures that form part of the Group Documents that govern how Minova operates. Group Documents ensure that Minova operates as one organisation throughout the world, with common processes and systems underpinning the way they work. For example, this included the establishment of a Country Entry Group Procedure that specifically requires consideration of human rights risks related to counterparties within the supply chain when considering establishing a presence in a new country.
Integrity as part of Corporate Culture
At Minova, integrity is one of our core values. During FY21, we achieved several major milestones in further strengthening our culture of integrity and ensuring our employees have the guidance and resources required to live up to our value of integrity in everything they do – examples of which are set out below.
We refreshed our Code of Business Conduct which outlines the expected behaviours of the people who work for, or on behalf of Minova, as they go about their work across the marketplace and in communities around the globe.
The scope of the Code of Business Conduct is extensive and includes a specific section on upholding human rights as well as clear expectations around compliance with regulations, Our Values and Group policies and standards. It is a condition of working for, or with, Minova that people abide by Our Values and Our Code.
If a breach of the Code of Business Conduct is suspected, concerns can be raised confidentially and anonymously through the Minova Speak-up service.
The Speak-up service is available globally and is operated by an independent provider. In FY21, the Speakup service was made available to external parties such as partners, customers and suppliers as well as to all Minova employees and contractors.
We have also established an Ethics & Compliance Group Standard.
In furtherance of our commitment to continuously improve human rights performance, in FY22 Minova will: establish the remaining Group Procedures; and continue to identify opportunities to embed the identification and support for human rights issues in Procedures and other processes.
President, Minova International Ltd