Modern Slavery Act


Slavery and Human Trafficking Transparency Statement

United's Structure

United Airlines, Inc. ("United" or the "Company"), with its corporate headquarters based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., is a leading airline currently operating flights between numerous destinations worldwide, including to and from the United Kingdom. We have employees residing across the United States and in other countries around the world.

United's Business

United Airlines and United Express operate daily flights to airports across five continents. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service worldwide via its member airlines.

United's Policies in Relation to Slavery and Human Trafficking

In February 2016, United created a Global Policy on Worker Welfare that augments its policies regarding trafficking in the persons already stated in United’s Code of Conduct. As a global enterprise, United is committed to ethical business practices that help to maintain the highest levels of health, safety and human dignity around the world. United condemns all forms of human rights abuses and the exploitation of children. United's principles are further reflected in the Human Rights Policy Statement contained in its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (PDF: 8.09 MB).

Scope of the Global Policy on Worker Welfare

The provisions and requirements in the Global Policy on Worker Welfare apply to:

  • All United employees
  • United agents directly engaged in the performance of work under a United U.S. government contract who have other than a minimal impact on or involvement in contract performance
  • United subcontractors at any tier that furnish supplies or services for performance of United's U.S. government contracts, and these subcontractors' employees.

Violations of the Global Policy on Worker Welfare have severe consequences, and may result in actions being taken against employees, agentsFootnote1, and subcontractors, including, but not limited to, removal from the contract, reduction in benefits, or termination of employment or subcontract.

1An agent is any individual, including a director, an officer, an employee, or an independent contractor, authorized to act on behalf of an organization.


Required Reporting by United Employees, Agents and Subcontractors

United employees, as well as United's agents and subcontractors to whom the Global Policy on Worker Welfare applies, have a responsibility to report, without fear of retaliation, any human trafficking violations by United, United's employees, agents, or any of United's subcontractors' employees.

United's Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

United's Ethics and Compliance Principles serve as a guide to the ethical and legal responsibilities that all directors, officers, co-workers and third-party representatives share. Employees are provided with the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct upon recruitment and are required to acknowledge that they have read and agree to comply with the Code. All managerial and administrative employees further undertake periodic training and certification on the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct for the duration of their employment with United. The Company has a dedicated Ethics and Compliance Office to manage United's compliance programs and initiatives to help promote a culture of integrity and appropriate mechanisms in place to monitor compliance with these principles and facilitate reporting of possible violations, including protection from retaliation for reporting any violation or potential violation.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes United's slavery and human trafficking statement.


Name: Jennifer L. Kraft

Title: Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary