Statement on UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 for FY 2024

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets forth the steps taken to ensure that modern slavery und human trafficking are not taking place in the businesses and along the supply chain.

About ZEON

The ZEON Group, under the parent company Zeon Corporation in Japan, have offices in 19 countries and regions and employ approximately 4.300 employees (as of 2023) worldwide. Zeon Europe GmbH, serving as the European headquarter, conducts sales and distribution activities in EMEA for ZEON CORPORATION and its affiliates. Our core business is the wide range of innovative elastomeric products developed within the ZEON group, focused on specialties based upon the chemistry of the C4 and C5 fractions. These elements also form the starting point for new products like cyclo-olefin polymers.

We support good relationships between employers and employees. When things go wrong we help by providing conciliation to resolve workplace problems.

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Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act

Zeon Europe GmbH is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.

We have zero tolerance of slavery and human trafficking and are committed to maintaining and improving systems, processes, and policies to avoid complicity in human rights violation and to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.

As an equal opportunities employer, we're committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.

Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse.

We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Related policies to ensure ethical and transparent business conduct

Following policies are available to all staff through the Zeon Europe intranet:

  • CSR Code of conduct
  • Annual Leave Policy
  • Special Leave Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Rehabilitation Program Policy
  • Home Working Policy
  • Equal Treatment Policy

Embedding the principles

We will continue to embed the principles by providing awareness training to staff and informing them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking.

We will further ensure that staff involved in procurement activity are aware of and follow modern slavery procurement guidelines.

We ensure that Zeon’s procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include references to modern slavery and human trafficking.

We will continue to take action to embed a zero-tolerance policy towards modern slavery.

We will continue to ensure that staff involved in buying or procurement and the recruitment and deployment of workers receive training on modern slavery and ethical employment practices.

We aim to contribute to the well-being of humankind through our business activities and we are aware of the importance of dealing with challenges pertaining to human rights.

This statement has been approved by Yoshihiro Kurashima, Managing Director of Zeon Europe GmbH, for the financial year ending 31 December 2023. This statement will be reviewed and updated every year.