Pursuant to section 54 of the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”), this statement constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement (“Modern Slavery Statement”) of relevant Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. UK subsidiaries (“Helix”), as required under the MSA.
The MSA prohibits slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labor and human trafficking (“Modern Slavery”). Helix’s group is committed to combatting all forms of Modern Slavery that could in any way be connected to our business and supply chain.
Helix provides specialized international offshore energy services to the energy industry, with a focus on well intervention and robotics operations. Our range of services is extensive and more information can be found here.
The Helix group is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices and operations in the UK, Brazil and Singapore. Further information on Helix’s global operations can be found here.
We understand that all businesses face a risk of Modern Slavery existing in their supply chain and we take our responsibilities to combatting Modern Slavery seriously. Our policies, supply chain management systems and QHSE procedures are all relevant to reducing the risk of Modern Slavery affecting our business and supply chain.
Helix’s significant suppliers include goods and services procured to keep vessels operational, for example catering and hospitality services, mechanical and electrical parts, and fuel. Helix also relies on technical services and project equipment provided by engineering and fabrication companies and contractors. We also procure technical subsea contractors through personnel providers who we work with regularly.
Policies, procedures and steps in respect of the prevention of Modern Slavery
Helix functions under a number of policies which set ethical standards, encourage the reporting of concerns, and are relevant in assessing the Modern Slavery risk presented by suppliers, as follows:
- Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) requires adherence to laws and regulations, health and safety procedures, and provides a procedure for reporting illegal and unethical behavior. It applies to all directors, officers, employees and should also be followed by all agents and representatives, including consultants.
- The Code is enhanced by a related compliance certification which must be signed by all directors, officers and employees. That certification encourages reports of actual or suspected violations of the Code.
- Helix’s General Business Polices (which cover areas including commercial relationships) provide statements of intent and, amongst other objectives, are focused on pursuing business with integrity and respect and working with suppliers whose polices are consistent with our own.
- The group’s Supplier Approval and Performance Monitoring Procedure assesses suppliers of goods and services across a range of criteria which assist in evaluating compliance procedures in respect of QHSE and other areas. A risk scorecard evaluates suppliers in detail.
- Our Whistleblowing Policy encourages staff to raise issues about malpractice, illegal acts or failures to comply with recognized standards of work without fear of retribution, victimization or detriment.
Enhancements to the processes of Helix in respect of Modern Slavery will regularly be evaluated.