Modern Slavery and Human Rights

Wherever we operate, we respect human rights and commit to avoiding human rights harm. We are committed to adhering to internationally recognised human rights norms and principles to ensure dignity and equality for all our employees, customers, communities and suppliers. We reject any form of slavery, including forced or child labour, and take active measures to prevent our involvement in human rights harm through our supply chain relationships. 

We are guided by internationally recognised human rights standards and guiding principles, including:

  • International Bill of Human Rights which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  • the International Labour Organisation’s eight fundamental Conventions; and
  • the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

QBE is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and support the Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our commitment on human rights and modern slavery s is detailed in our Group Code of Ethics and Conduct.

To strengthen our approach to managing modern slavery risk, we developed a Modern Slavery Risk & Compliance Standard that operationalises legislative requirements set out in the Australia Modern Slavery Act 2018 and the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, and commitments we have made under our Code. The Standard sets minimum requirements to manage the risk of modern slavery through risk identification, mitigation, monitoring and reporting.

All QBE employees (including contractors and authorised representatives of QBE controlled entities) are required to report any instances or suspected instances of modern slavery to their direct manager and Compliance team, or via the QBE Ethics Hotline.

In addition, QBE undertakes a modern slavery risk assessment process as part of its due diligence procedures for suppliers and provides employees with training to detect, identify and deter forms of modern slavery.

QBE rejects any form of slavery, including forced or child labour, and takes active measures to prevent QBE’s involvement in human rights harm through QBE’s supply chain relationships. We continue to publish our annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. For more information, please refer to our 2020 Sustainability Report.