PORSCHE CARS GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED AND PORSCHE RETAIL GROUP LIMITED
This statement is issued by Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited and Porsche Retail Group Limited (“Porsche GB”) in accordance with Section 54 of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act (2015), and cites those measures operated by Porsche GB during FYE2020 to counter the occurrence of slavery and human tracking within its business activities.
STRUCTURE AND BUSINESS ACTIVITY
Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengeselllschaft
Porsche AG is the manufacturer of new Porsche branded cars and Porsche original automotive parts, and the parent company of Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited. In the conduct of its business the company sources production materials and non-production materials from a global supply chain comprised of direct and indirect suppliers. The company distributes new Porsche branded cars and automotive parts to a global marketplace, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Porsche AG corporate headquarter is established in Stuttgart, Germany. Counter measures implemented by Porsche AG to address the occurrence of slavery and human trafficking in its business activities and supply chain can be reviewed here.
Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited
Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited is the authorised importer and distributor of new Porsche branded cars and automotive parts for the United Kingdom. Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited does not undertake any manufacturing. Finished Porsche cars and automotive parts are sourced from either Porsche AG or other members of the Porsche selective distribution network. Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited is a distributor, not a wholesaler. Automotive parts and other Porsche branded merchandising are distributed from a warehouse facility owned and operated by Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited. Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited distributes new Porsche sports cars and automotive parts to a network of authorised Porsche Centres established in the United Kingdom pursuant to a selective distribution system. Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited also undertakes a number of marketing activities and events to promote Porsche products and services and the Porsche brand. With the exception of certain Porsche motorsport products and products and services sold from the Porsche Experience Centre, Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited does not undertake any sales or marketing activities as a retailer. In the conduct of its business the company sources non-production materials from what it believes to be responsible suppliers for the most part established in the United Kingdom.
The Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited corporate headquarter is established in Reading, United Kingdom.
Since the last statement there have not been any material structural changes to the Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited organisation and its supply chain, consequently the company’s low risk assessment remains unchanged.
Porsche Retail Group Limited
Porsche Retail Group Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited. Porsche Retail Group Limited undertakes the sale and marketing activities, at a retail level, for new and pre-owned Porsche sports cars, new automotive parts, merchandising and automotive aftersales services. These retailing activities are undertaken from five (5) authorised Porsche Centres with locations proximate to the City of London. Porsche Retail Group Limited does not undertake any manufacturing. Finished new Porsche sports cars, automotive parts and merchandising are sourced from either Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited or other members of the Porsche selective distribution network. Porsche Retail Group Limited also undertakes a number of marketing activities and events to promote Porsche products and services and the Porsche brand. In the conduct of its business the company sources non-production materials from what it believes to be responsible suppliers for the most part established in the United Kingdom.
The Porsche Retail Group Limited corporate headquarter is established in Reading, United Kingdom.
Since the last statement there have not been any material structural changes to the Porsche Retail Group Limited organisation and its supply chain, consequently the company’s low risk assessment of remains unchanged.
Porsche GB does not support slavery or human trafficking in the organisation of labour within its own business or within its supply chain. Porsche GB is committed to the implementation of measures designed to counter the propensity for and occurrence of slavery and human trafficking in the conduct of its business.
To counter the propensity and occurrence of slavery and human trafficking during 2020 Porsche GB operated the following measures:
At Porsche GB employee behaviour and business activities are steered and moderated by reference to positive community based values, such as those published in the Porsche Code of Conduct and other internal company documents steering good governance at Porsche GB. To ensure an understanding of the values all PCGB staff were required to attend training sessions during October 2019, with follow up sessions for those who could not attend in February 2020.
Porsche GB operates a range of controls targeting recruitment and employment of labour in conformity with applicable laws and to ensure respect for employee rights. Candidates seeking to become employees are required to establish their right to work, satisfy minimum age requirements and their suitability for available roles. The company additionally monitors legal developments including, for example, change to minimum wage laws to ensure ongoing compliance.
Compliance Management System
Porsche GB operates a Compliance Management System. In 2016 the management decision was taken to include within the scope of the Porsche GB compliance management system the topic of slavery and human trafficking. The Compliance Management System is steered according to agreed targets. The Modern Slavery topic continues to be managed within the regular process of the Compliance Management System.
Porsche GB operates a whistleblowing system. The whistleblowing system is accessible by employees and non-employees, here. In FY2020 the company relaunched the whistleblowing system. Further training will be completed in FY2021.
Porsche GB also operates an internal compliance management incident reporting system via the company’s Compliance Helpdesk.
Porsche GB operates a written procurement process designed to project transparency and cost effectiveness over the procurement process. Porsche expects all contractors to align their values and perform their engagements according the values published by Porsche GB. The supplier due diligence process was extended during 2019 to include a contractor declaration addressing existence or not of a supplier operated Modern Slavery Policy. Adoption and use of the business partner checking tool introduced since FY2017 continues to improve. All Contractor appointments will continue to be reviewed on a risk based approach and are subject to contract terms requiring compliance with laws.
In FY2020 training of targeted roles was performed to achieve a greater sensitisation, awareness and use of the company’s controls for managing the Modern Slavery topic. Further training of targeted roles is planned for 2021.
Porsche GB strives to respect the human rights of all persons. We believe in this objective and publish this goal in our Code of Conduct as follows: “We respect, protect and promote all regulations in force to protect human rights and children’s rights (hereinafter called human rights) as a fundamental and general requirement throughout the world. We reject all use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour as well as all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking. This applies not only to cooperation within our Company but also as a matter of course to the conduct of and toward business partners. ” (Section 1. Our responsibility as a member of society - Human Rights). All managers and employees at Porsche GB are required to support and to honour this objective.
This statement is approved by the Board of Directors effective 2 August 2021.