Louis Berger strives to ensure that, as a global organization, we are taking all actions necessary to guarantee there is no presence of slavery and/or human trafficking in any part of our business, and we expect our business partners to comply as well. All Louis Berger entities comply with applicable anti-trafficking laws and regulations, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and US. Government Federal Acquisition Regulations regarding Combating Trafficking in Persons.
Louis Berger has a presence throughout the world. We are a provider of engineering consultancy services in regions such as France and Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada. Louis Berger is heavily involved in supply chains through our participation in projects worldwide and through our procurement activities during our day-to-day work.
Louis Berger has a robust compliance and ethics program, described on the compliance and ethics page of our website at www.louisberger.com/about/compliance-ethics. Our Code of Business Conduct (“Code”) is available to all employees, business partners, clients and the public. Our Code explicitly states Louis Berger’s zero tolerance policy regarding trafficking in persons. In our Code, Louis Berger “prohibits human trafficking within any contract with the public or private sector”. Mandatory training and review of the Code is regularly required for all employees. More broadly, the Louis Berger Code informs employees on what they can do to implement our values. At Louis Berger, we have a widespread culture of awareness and prevention rather than reaction, and as such each team within Louis Berger owns the responsibility to ensure that there is no presence of slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or anywhere in the business.
As part of our due diligence process, operations, our compliance and ethics, legal and procurement teams work closely together to ensure that we work with business partners that share our same ethical culture and values. Our stringent vetting process ensures that risks are identified and red flags are investigated thoroughly. To date, no partners or intermediaries that we have vetted have indicated any risk of potential slavery and human trafficking occurring.
As an international company, we know how important it is to monitor risk and have effective controls in place. As such, one factor that we consider when entering a specific region for business is the region’s place on the annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. Further, Louis Berger has a Human Rights Policy. Our policies reflect our commitment to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in our business and supply chains.
We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking and ensuring that we continuously increase awareness and implement controls to prevent it.
D. James Stamatis
Chief Executive Officer