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UK Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement 2021

This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on behalf of Arcadis UK (Holdings) Limited, its UK subsidiaries and Arcadis Ireland Ltd.

Our Structure

Arcadis is a global design, engineering, project and cost management consultancy providing professional services in the construction, infrastructure and environment sectors. We operate across 70 countries worldwide and have over 28,000 members of staff.

We are committed to improving quality of life through maximising our impact for our people, for clients and society. We put sustainable solutions and digital leadership at the heart of everything we do – through our projects, in our communities and in our work for clients, we enhance human experiences and foster personal, societal and business growth.

For further information on the sectors in which we operate please click here.

Our Policies and Standards on Modern Slavery

As a member of the Arcadis Group of companies, Arcadis UK & Ireland (“Arcadis UK&I”) carries out its business activities in compliance with the Arcadis General Business Principles ("AGBP") which can be found here. The AGBP are expressed as a set of commitments: commitments towards our clients, shareholders, business partners and employees, the public, and to governments and the laws and culture of the countries in which we operate.

Integrity is one of the core values under which Arcadis operates. The AGBP specifically commits that “Arcadis values its employees as a key asset and respects their human and labour rights so that they may work in a safe, healthy, professional, and supportive environment.”

In addition, we have embedded this culture through the following policies:

To help us further assess the risk of modern slavery, we also have internal policies and guidance for working in sanctioned countries and risk based due diligence processes for engaging with third parties that should also help flag any potential modern slavery issues at an early stage. In addition, we have Dignity at Work and Grievance people policies which help in providing a supportive and safe environment for our employees.

Risk Assessment

Due to the professional services nature of our business’ work, we believe the risk associated with slavery and human trafficking within our business is relatively low.

However, we acknowledge that the key risk areas regarding slavery and human trafficking lie within:

1. Our supply chain; and

2. Our recruitment processes.

We manage these risk areas through the procedures referred to within this Statement.

Our Supply Chain

Our supply chain generally comprises the following:

  • Professional services organisations such as sub-consultants, contingent workers, agencies and suppliers; and
  • Business operational support such as suppliers who provide goods and/or services to facilitate the running of the business.

However, regardless of business relationship, (1) our standard contractual terms with third parties contain appropriate clauses confirming that they carry out their business in accordance with principles consistent with the AGBP and in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act and (2) every supplier must acknowledge and sign up to Arcadis UK&I Supplier Code of Conduct.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct states:

“We select suppliers that comply with high ethical standards.

  • Arcadis prefers to select suppliers and award business to suppliers and subcontractors that are committed to act fairly and with integrity towards their stakeholders and that duly observe the applicable rules of the law of the countries they operate in and internationally accepted human and labor rights.
  • We also seek suppliers that have a work philosophy that is aligned with Arcadis passion to create a higher quality of life in the communities in which they operate.”

Arcadis also aims to support its own clients in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking wherever we offer them advice including when we assist in procurement of goods and services for or on their behalf.

Our Recruitment Processes

To manage the risks associated with our recruitment processes, our approach usually includes an interview process which is carried out in person. This process is designed to ensure that prospective employees share our values and behaviours, have the necessary competence but also that they have applied to work with us of their own free will.

In addition, right to work checks are carried out on all new Arcadis UK&I employees and an individual’s employment with us is conditional upon them having the legal right to work in the UK or Ireland as appropriate.

During the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic Arcadis put in place a temporary restriction on recruitment of non-critical roles including contingent workers. Once the recruitment restriction was lifted, and in accordance with Home Office guidance, we adapted our Right to Work process to allow for virtual checks.

Due Diligence

We also undertake various steps to prevent modern slavery or human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain. For example, we undertake risk based due diligence on engagements with all third parties such as JVs, Agents etc. Part of that due diligence includes carrying out searches for reputational or integrity related issues.

In addition, all new sub-consultants, contingent workers, agencies and suppliers must be approved through our supplier onboarding process in order to be registered on our internal procurement system and paid. We have improved our onboarding process to include a risk-based approach and are in the process of re-qualifying all existing sub-consultants, contingent workers, agencies and suppliers in this system to ensure we have consistent and up to date assurances around compliance with modern slavery legislation.


We maintain a telephone and web-based Integrity Line through which integrity issues can be reported anonymously. Contact details are available to all employees on the intranet. All issues reported through the Integrity Line are followed up by the Arcadis UK&I Compliance Officer and/or Compliance Committee as appropriate.

Measuring Effectiveness

As the risk of slavery and trafficking occurring in our business is low, we normally monitor our suppliers through our robust onboarding procedures, project auditing, site walks and through supply chain feedback.

There have been no issues raised internally or externally relating to modern slavery.

However, as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to review and reprioritise some of our usual monitoring actions. We focused on ensuring that our supply chain remained robust through:

  • project auditing;
  • performance / observational feedback; and
  • daily monitoring of credit & financial reporting

In normal circumstances, we would conduct on site audits of our suppliers, however, this has been placed on hold until it is safe to resume such activities.

Training for Staff

We train all our employees on ethics and integrity. Compliance with our core values and AGBP is a mandatory part of the induction process. A refresher of the AGBP is carried out every two years with the most recent training cycle undertaken in 2020.

Targeted training on the Modern Slavery Act has been provided to those most relevant within the business, for example, our contingent workers team.


We do not believe that the pandemic has increased the overall risk of modern slavery or human trafficking occurring within our business and so our key risk areas have remained the same. Our priorities during this time have been employee health and safety, supply chain management and our recruitment process.

We continue to monitor the impacts of Covid-19 on our business and adapt processes accordingly.

Approved by: Mark Cowlard, Chief Executive Officer, Arcadis UK & Ireland
Date: January 2021

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