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Our ESG Program
Governance and Business Ethics

Honoring our commitments to our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve.

ESG Governance and Business Ethics
We recognize our obligation to our business stakeholders and partners by establishing corporate processes and reports that honor our commitments to our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve.

UKG Policies

All UKG policies ensure that we follow the law while also setting forth the type of ethical conduct we expect from all our employees toward one another, our customers, and our suppliers. Knowing and understanding these business policies helps our employees navigate the business and ethical situations with the integrity that accurately represents our company culture and values.

Supply Chain and Suppliers

We believe in developing and maintaining a culture where our partners support and practice our values, including abiding by our Third-Party Code of Conduct. This code outlines our expectations regarding anti-discrimination, modern slavery prevention, union membership, fair treatment, compensation and working hours, anti-corruption and gifting, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, privacy, grievance channels and non-retaliation, workplace safety, environmental responsibility, health and safety training and communication, and responsibly sourced materials.

UKG complies with applicable U.S. sanctions and embargo laws and regulations. Neither UKG nor our directors, officers, employees, or suppliers are listed on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control or Specially Designated Nationals List. UKG does not conduct business in any U.S.-sanctioned country, including Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Sudan.

All third parties are required to comply with all laws, regulations, and professional standards that apply to their relationships with UKG, and must be familiar with and comply with the laws and regulations, including those related to employment and labor rights, anti-corruption and export control, and health, safety, and environmental protections.

As we continue to evolve our third-party management programs and relationships, our continuing commitment to ESG is demonstrated as follows:

  • Mapping of our supply chain to better understand diversity while introducing practices that embrace our ESG initiatives.

  • Enhanced due diligence and additional precautions as appropriate, in instances where UKG determines it must use a supplier from a country that is considered a higher risk. This includes implementing enhanced audit/evaluation processes, conducting onsite visits, and otherwise taking additional steps to ensure that the supplier understands and adheres to the UKG Third-Party Code of Conduct.

Human Rights

As is reflected in the UKG Human Rights Policy, we are committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights in our operations, which includes our employees and those in our supply chain, in our products, and in our communities. This commitment is informed by our adherence to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This means we aim to respect the rights of all individuals affected by our business and will work to address any adverse impacts that we may cause or to which we may contribute. It also means that we seek to mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to our operations, products, or services by our business relationships with third parties, including those in our supply chain. We also believe that we can serve as a catalyst for action by our partners.

Modern Slavery Statement

UKG complies with modern slavery-prevention laws, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (U.K.), and the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Australia). This includes not using underage labor, as defined under applicable law, and not employing workers below the age of 18 in jobs that are likely to jeopardize their health and safety. UKG only uses voluntary labor and employees who have the proper work-related documentation and is otherwise committed to taking steps to ensure compliance with those laws. This commitment applies to UKG and our suppliers. View the complete UKG Modern Slavery Statement.

Anti-Harassment and Discrimination

At UKG, we strive to create an environment where such differences are welcomed and part of our corporate culture. We will not tolerate any discriminatory treatment or harassment based upon race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability or perception of disability, past or present military service, physical appearance, or any other basis protected by federal, state/provincial, or applicable local law. Any reports of this conduct will be investigated by our HR and legal departments and addressed appropriately.

Ethical and Compliant Workplace Governance

We strive to do the right thing in everything that we do at UKG. Excellence and integrity are cornerstones of our culture, and it demonstrates how much we care for one another, our customers, and the communities where we live and work, every day.

To ensure we act as good corporate citizens to our customers, our communities, and one another, we have developed and continue to modify and evolve a strategic set of ethics- and compliance-related handbooks and programs to which all UKG employees are required to adhere.

As part of distribution and education strategy, employees are required to complete training programs in core areas of our ethics and initiatives efforts during the onboarding process and annually thereafter, meaning we consistently secure a 100% completion rate on each training program delivered to employees. The scopes of these programs include Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Business Continuity Management, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Data Privacy and Security Awareness, and Workplace-Harassment Prevention.

In addition to our global corporate programs and requirements, as a multinational company with facilities throughout the world, we also often have country-specific responsibilities where we do business. These responsibilities may include understanding and abiding by the local laws and customs, becoming part of the host community, behaving as citizens rather than as foreigners, and making a responsible contribution to the societies within which we operate.

Our promise to our employees, our customers, and the world at large is to always strive to meet or exceed ethical, legal, commercial, and public expectations of how a company should conduct business. These ethics- and compliance-related efforts help all of us work toward a world that cares for and empowers all people and protects our planet.

Get the latest ESG report from UKG

Get a more detailed look at our comprehensive ESG program, policies, and practices, as well as our progress from the past year.