- Corporate Social Responsibility
At SGW Global our approach to CSR and Sustainability is integrated into our entire strategy and operations. We invest in waste and pollution reduction, energy saving measures, educational and social programs.
- We hold a strong sense of responsibility towards the community and environment in which we operate.
- Our dedicated film will take you on a campus tour and show you around our staff facilities, training center, sports grounds and team building events.
Our long-term commitment to CSR and sustainability doesn’t stop there and will always be at the heart of SGW Global. We invest in our staff, our planet and go beyond compliance and regulation, always contributing towards a circular economy.
- Modern Slavery Statement
This is the first statement made on behalf of Shenzhen Gou Wei Electronics Co., Ltd (the “Company” hereinafter known as “SGW Global”), a company incorporated in China, and its affiliated companies including SGW Europe Ltd, a company incorporated in England & Wales, with regards to slavery and human trafficking following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”), is made pursuant to section 54(6) of the Act and constitutes the Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement that will be added to our annual report for the financial year ending on 31st December 2016. It further outlines the Group’s approach to tackling slavery and human trafficking where it can.
- Our Commitment
We, SGW Global fully support the aims of the Act and are committed to combatting slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
- Our Company
We, SGW Global specialise in the manufacture, design, sales and distribution of a wide array of consumer electronic products and services employing nearly 4,000 people in 5 countries. Primary brands that SGW Global manufacture on behalf of include BT, Panasonic, Philips and Motorola.
- Our Supply Chain
SGW Global has adopted both the EICC Code of Conduct and BSCI Code of Conduct, which prohibits the use of forced, bonded, indentured labour or involuntary prison labour. We audit our suppliers to these Codes and do not tolerate any form of non-conformance. In addition, SGW Global has internal policies and practices that are based on international labour and human rights standards. We partner with our supply chain to create an environment where workers have the right to freely choose employment and where slavery and human trafficking is not tolerated.
- Due Diligence & Risk Assessment
We, SGW Global perform assessments of potential suppliers as well as carrying out regular risk screenings of our supply chain. SGW Global also conducts internal audits and onsite supplier audits, as deemed necessary, to verify our supply chains' conformance to the EICC & BSCI Code of Conduct and related law, standards and policies. These audits are conducted by our internal team and utilise the standardised audit protocols developed by the EICC & BSCI. We follow up with each audited supplier to develop corrective action plans and close out audit findings.
- Employee Recruitment & Training
As part of our recruitment process control procedure we, SGW Global do not use any 3rd party employment agencies nor do we request employees to pay any fees or deposits in joining the company. All of our employees are hired directly by ourselves and have an employment contract with SGW Global.
- Any items required to work for SGW Global are supplied at no charge to the employee, this includes but is not limited to work clothing, employee badge and health check. We, SGW Global also do not request nor hold any personal documents such as ID card, certificates or diplomas during the term of employment.
- We, SGW Global believe in the importance of educating our employees on human rights issues and are currently developing training for relevant employees to help them to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through this training, our employees will be encouraged to use our reporting procedures to report their concerns.
- Further Actions
To ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains we, SGW Global intend to collaborate with suppliers to develop appropriate risk-based processes that will enable us to continue to meet the requirements of The Modern Slavery Act.
- We also aim to improve awareness and understanding of how and where issues may occur and how we may be able to prevent them.
- This statement has been approved by the Shenzhen Gou Wei Electronics Co., Ltd Board of Directors on behalf of the Group. A new statement will be published each year on the company website.
- Conflict Minerals Statement
The mining of certain minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the adjoining countries partially contributes to significant human rights abuses and to the financing of violent conflicts in this region. In 2010, U.S. Congress passed legislation that is usually referred to as “Dodd-Frank Act” (full name: “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act”). Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require companies who file reports with the SEC to disclose whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain "conflict minerals" that are "necessary to the functionality or production" of those products. "Conflict minerals" contain tantalum, tin, tungsten (and the ores from which they originate) and gold, regardless of where they are sourced, processed or sold.
Shenzhen Guo Wei Electronics Co., Ltd (including all its subsidiary companies) does not file reports with the SEC and therefore has no legislative obligations to comply with the conflict minerals requirements covered in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. At the same time, we recognize the SEC final rule for Section 1502 mandates our direct and indirect customers to undertake due diligence across their global supply chains.
Our policy at Shenzhen Guo Wei Electronics Co., Ltd is that we do not to purchase any material that contains these "conflict minerals" which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or an adjoining country. We have adopted EICC due diligence processes to understand where "conflict minerals" are being used in our products and to determine the source and the origin within our supply chain. These actions are based on established frameworks of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and from other private sector initiatives. We regularly conduct surveys within our supply chain to increase the transparency of the materials they provide to Shenzhen Guo Wei Electronics Co., Ltd. We continue to work closely with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure good practices and feasible solutions where required.
Our engagement in the circular economy
- In 2013, as part of the Better Future Supplier Forum we were proud to win a 3 year scholarship to be part of CE100.
- CE100 was set up by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and their mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Working with business, government and academia the foundation aims to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
- We are continually audited to high standards.