This statement is being published in satisfaction of the statutory obligation under the section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) on behalf of Red Hat (UK) Ltd., a subsidiary of Red Hat Inc. (“Red Hat”).
Red Hat, founded in 1993 and headquartered in the United States, is a leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop and offer reliable and high-performing operating system, virtualization, management, middleware, cloud, mobile and storage technologies.
Red Hat offers customers choice, consistency and meaningful value across our portfolio of software solutions. We have the advantage of years of experience working with open source communities to develop and offer technologies designed to address the evolving needs of our customers. We believe open source is the best way to develop software, and we apply the open source principles of transparency and accountability across our business.
Our Commitment Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Respect for human rights is an integral part of the corporate social responsibility commitments of Red Hat. Red Hat strives to operate in accordance with the highest standards of conduct, ethics, and fair treatment. Accordingly, Red Hat strongly opposes illegal human trafficking and forced labour (and all other forms of modern slavery) in any form.
Our Services and Supply Chains
Red Hat is a software solutions business, which predominantly employs professionally qualified and highly skilled associates. As a services business that does not manufacture any goods, Red Hat’s supply chain is limited and consists of goods and services procured to enable our associates to deliver our services. Additionally, the technology sector in which we operate is also not a high risk sector for the purposes of modern slavery. As such, we consider the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking occurring within our business and supply chain to be low.
Our Policies and Procedures
Despite having assessed that the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain is low, Red Hat still takes the issue very seriously and has various policies and procedures in place which assist in protecting against this.
As to our own associates, we take great care to comply with all applicable employment laws. Red Hat is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation and has voluntarily published employment statistics in order to develop a global diversity and inclusion strategy and to encourage Red Hat’s competitors and suppliers to do the same. We require all our employees, officers, and directors to abide by a detailed code of business conduct and ethics, which requires that they comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to Red Hat wherever it does business. This policy also requires employees, officers and directors of Red Hat to deal honestly, ethically and fairly with its suppliers, customers, competitors and employees, and to ask questions, seek guidance, report suspected violations and express any concerns regarding compliance with it.
As to our suppliers, Red Hat’s standard supplier contract terms contain a clause by which suppliers commit to abiding by Red Hat’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which document expressly requires that suppliers comply with slavery and human trafficking laws of the country or countries in which they conduct business, to ensure that slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking are not taking place in their supply chains, and to deal honestly, ethically, and fairly in these relationships.
The above statement has been approved by the directors of Red Hat (UK) Ltd. and constitutes its slavery and human trafficking statement for the fiscal year ending on 29 February 2020.