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This statement sets out Kärcher (U.K.) Ltd.'s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. 

As part of the consumer cleaning machinery/technology industry, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and supply chains

The Kärcher Group is the leading global provider of technology for the cleaning of transport equipment, buildings and surfaces, as well as for the purification and pumping of liquids. Our range of products includes machines for private households (Retail Business Unit) and cleaning machines and systems for commercial, industrial and municipal operators (Professional Business Unit), as well as accessories, cleaning and maintenance products and spare parts.

Countries of operation and supply

We have a global presence with 40,000 trading partners and 50,000 service centres.

Kärcher in the UK is a £130m+ subsidiary of the German parent, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, based near Stuttgart, Germany.

The group includes 100 companies in 60 countries. Production facilities are located in Germany, Italy, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, China and the USA, with logistics sites in Germany, China and the USA.

The following is the process by which the company assesses whether or not particular activities or countries are high risk in relation to slavery or human trafficking:

Every year, Kärcher sells more than twelve million cleaning machines, manufactured at 20 locations in seven countries. In order to produce and sell those machines during the last three years, we have procured goods and services from approximately 20,000 suppliers throughout the world.

Our annual supplier audits are carried out by the Purchasing and Quality Management departments. All audits include the issue of quality as well as social, environmental and work safety standards. Our suppliers are obligated to adhere to our compliance rules; new suppliers must sign our code of conduct.

Companies that apply for supplier status are not only required to sign the Kärcher Code of Conduct and the Kärcher Environmental Standard but also to answer a whole series of questions.

Kärcher Code of Conduct

The Kärcher Code of Conduct, which was first published in 2008 and updated in 2010, identifies nine principles of social responsibility. These principles include respect for human rights, the condemnation of child labour and forced labour and the rejection of corruption. Other issues relate to the freedom of association and fair remuneration for employees as well as work and environmental protection.

All suppliers must sign the code.

Since 2011, Kärcher has been a member of the UN Global Compact and is guided by the principles defined therein for all activities.

As a market leader, Kärcher feels obliged to demand the same high social standards for the employees and workers in supplier factories that apply to its employees in Germany.

Fair wages are just as important as the workers' rights to free speech and assembly and their freedom of association.

Relevant policies

The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations in the UK.

Due diligence

The organisation undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers.

Training Kärcher

UK modern slavery training that is available covers:-

Awareness-raising programme

Kärcher UK has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by highlighting the importance of the Act and making employees aware of the content and location of our Policy, including the external help that is available through the Modern Slavery Helpline.

Board approval

This statement has been approved by the organisation's board of directors, who will review and update it annually.


Simon Keeping, Region President & Managing Director, Kärcher UK Ltd.



Mark Venner, Chief Operating Officer, Kärcher UK Ltd.