UK Modern Slavery Act

AstenJohnson and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) are committed to the highest ethical standards in the way in which we engage with each other and our customers, staff, shareholders, suppliers and other stakeholders. Our reputation as a Group is founded on our achievement of these high standards.

AstenJohnson Holdings Ltd. serves the paper and nonwovens industries globally.  Its products are sold in over 50 countries, with manufacturing operations in five US states, two Canadian provinces, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and China.  AstenJohnson’s Corporate Headquarters is in Charleston, South Carolina. We have set out below the steps that the Group takes to meet its obligations under the Act



We select suppliers who support our values and expect them to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

We are committed to evaluating measures to assess our supply chain for areas of improvement in eradicating slavery and human trafficking.



If we were to receive a complaint with allegations of any of our direct suppliers engaging in human trafficking, we would thoroughly investigate any such allegations of human trafficking and timely address whatever facts are discovered. To date, our company has not received any such complaints.

We are working towards incorporating language in our standard terms and conditions with our direct suppliers that would reserve our discretion to conduct such audits in the event we form a reasonable suspicion that a supplier is violating human trafficking and slavery standards.



We require our suppliers to comply with all local, state, federal, and international laws or regulations that apply to their business activities.  

We are in the process of amending our standard terms and conditions with our direct suppliers, however, to reserve our discretion to seek a written certification of compliance from them, in the event we form a reasonable suspicion that a supplier may be violating human trafficking or slavery standards.

If the use of human trafficking or slavery is identified in AstenJohnson’s supply chain, it should be reported immediately to Jim Gibson, General Counsel, at (843) 202-6224.


Internal Accountability

We are committed to complying with the law wherever we operate and conducting all business activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards. We expect the same of the parties with which we do business. Human trafficking and slavery are illegal, and conflict with the standards we expect of our employees and suppliers.

If we were to discover evidence of such conduct being committed by our employees or suppliers, our company will take appropriate measures to address such actions, up to and including termination of the employment or contractual relationship with our company.



We demand that our managers, employees, and agents conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism. Our company has a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all of our employees. The Code does require compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations of every country in which AstenJohnson does business, which would include laws on human trafficking and slave labor.