Slavery and human trafficking statement

Electrocomponents plc, trading under the brands of RS Components and Allied Electronics, is a global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers worldwide. We have a global network of distribution centres from which we ship more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products are sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers and include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Our Code of Conduct sets out the high ethical standards of behaviour to which we work. We source products and services from organisations that meet, or are willing to meet, these ethical standards. In particular, we do not engage with organisations which use child labour or forced labour.

During FY16, we have taken steps to assess and manage the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. We have updated our ethical self-assessment questionnaire. Our Code of Conduct has been revised to include our aim to ensure that slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any part of our supply chain. Our senior managers and local leadership teams are required to read and confirm their understanding and acceptance of the Code of Conduct. We have also updated the legal compliance training that we provide to our stock purchasing teams to cover slavery and human trafficking.

Lindsley Ruth
Chief Executive Officer

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors
11 May 2016

From Order to Despatch

The journey of a customer order at the RS Nuneaton distribution centre.