Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Caterpillar Inc., including its majority owned subsidiaries, of which Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited is one, and joint ventures and following a transition period, newly acquired companies (“Caterpillar”), is committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights throughout its global operations, as noted in our Human Rights Policy and our Supplier Code of Conduct, both of which are publicly available. Caterpillar’s Human Rights Policy, which was developed taking into consideration principles in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, applies to the entire Caterpillar enterprise.

Suppliers are an essential part of Caterpillar’s extended value chain and Caterpillar is committed to working with them to uphold the principles in our Values in Action, Supplier Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy. We have implemented a number of actions to safeguard against slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and support the objectives of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and Section 54 of United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015.

Verification

Caterpillar requires a selection of our suppliers to complete a self-assessment, requesting information on a number of issues set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct, including human rights, such as policies and procedures they have in place to tackle slavery and human trafficking in their own supply chain. The self-assessment is administered by a third party and addresses issues and questions determined by Caterpillar. In addition, we assess, through a third party, potential human rights impacts across a selection of suppliers, including the impacts to rights-holders from forced labor, slavery and human trafficking.

Supplier Audits and Certification

Caterpillar reserves the right to verify our supplier’s compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct. However, we do not currently perform audits or require that our suppliers certify that materials incorporated into products comply with laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the countries in which they are doing business.

In the event that Caterpillar becomes aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with Caterpillar’s Supplier Code of Conduct, Caterpillar reserves the right to demand corrective measures.

Internal Accountability

Caterpillar’s standard purchase order terms and conditions are used in the majority of our supply relationships and require that suppliers comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, including an expectation that our suppliers conduct all business in a manner that respects human rights. Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited engages some local suppliers, including office supplies providers and cleaning services providers, outside the scope of Caterpillar’s standard purchase order process. Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited is currently reviewing its local procurement policies to ensure that all suppliers comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct. All Caterpillar employees are expected to observe our Values in Action and respect the human rights and dignity of all people. However, Caterpillar does not currently maintain internal procedures for employees regarding slavery and human trafficking specifically.

We encourage our employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to report any human rights concerns or grievances to Caterpillar’s Office of Business Practices through the following avenues:

Caterpillar’s Global Human Rights Manager can also be contacted directly at Human.Rights@cat.com

All reported incidents are managed though a formal process to understand and address the issue, as appropriate. In the event that Caterpillar becomes aware of any actions regarding a supplier not in compliance with Caterpillar’s Supplier Code of Conduct, Caterpillar reserves the right to demand corrective measures.

Training

As part of Caterpillar’s enterprise human rights program, human rights training has been conducted for key human resources function employees, country managers, all licensee product managers and the more than 200 external licensees, our compliance council, our dealer district managers, our direct marketing group, our global security team, our mergers and acquisitions team, our product source planning group, our sustainability group and certain employees with responsibility for supply network relationships. Through our training, we promote a culture of ongoing awareness by helping our sourcing managers to identify potential human rights violations at our suppliers’ facilities. We expect to provide human rights training to all other employees by no later than 31st December 2017.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st December 2016 for Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited.

Russell John Arnott
Director
Date: 20th June 2017

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