Attestation for UK Modern Slavery Act, California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, Australian Modern Slavery Act and New South Wales Modern Slavery Act
Dentsply Sirona is committed to supporting the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, the Australian Modern Slavery Act and the New South Wales Modern Slavery Act along with the global effort to combat slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the steps Dentsply Sirona ('we') have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business. It constitutes our slavery and human trafficking attestation for the 2019 financial year.
Dentsply Sirona manufactures and supplies dental equipment and dental consumables and is a leader in consumable dental products. We have approximately 16,200 employees, operations in more than 40 countries worldwide and a sales presence in more than 120 countries. Dentsply Sirona provides comprehensive end-to-end solutions offering of dental, oral health and Healthcare products to healthcare professionals. Our supply chain includes manufactures of raw materials and components which are used in the production of over 4,500 brands sold through distribution and direct to medical professionals around the world.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
Dentsply Sirona supports global efforts to address the issues of slavery and human trafficking through our internal policies as well as through direct actions with our business partners in our supply chain. Dentsply Sirona’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code) defines who we are as a company in terms of our values, the role each of us play in assuring compliance to all applicable laws and the importance of acting with integrity in every engagement with health care professionals, distributors, suppliers, consultants, and government agencies. Dentsply Sirona’s Business Partner Code of Conduct articulates our core values and the expectations we have for every business relationship we engage in worldwide. We look at compliance with all applicable laws worldwide as just a starting point for ethical business behavior and hold ourselves and our business partners to the highest standards in terms of promoting basic human rights and dignity and to be good corporate citizens and good neighbors in the communities in which we work and live.
What we are doing
We expect all of our employees and business partners to fully comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010, the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and Australian Modern Slavery requirements including the New South Wales Modern Slavery Act of 2018. To this end, Dentsply Sirona is establishing a program to mitigate the risk of human rights violations in our supply chain. This program utilizes a risk-based approach to identifying areas in our supply chain most associated with human rights violations and requires greater focus in these instances to mitigate the risk that human rights violations such as human trafficking are occurring within these companies. Suppliers will certify in purchasing agreements, purchase orders or terms and conditions that they understand and will comply with Dentsply Sirona’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics as well as the Business Partner Code of Conduct. To date our risk mitigation efforts have proven successful as we have had no instances of slavery or human trafficking noted in any Dentsply Sirona business. As every Dentsply Sirona employee is an ambassador for the company, all employees are trained on the Code and Policy on a periodic basis and instructed on how to report violations.