2018 Annual Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
This annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement provides information to supplement our Modern Slavery and Trafficking policy. In this statement we set out the steps we have taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains, or in any part of our own business. We include details of our activities, supply chains and the actions we have taken and are taking to ensure that modern slavery is not deliberately or inadvertently supported by us.
Statement of Commitment
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business. This statement applies to all persons who act on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels: directors, consultants, contractors, agency workers, and our supply chain.
Our Business and Supply Chain
The Company strives to be the best in its industry in everything that it does; this includes ensuring that it provides an equipment rental solution to its customers based upon honesty, integrity and value.
The Company operates predominately in the UK with over 185 locations, along with four services centres based in Eire & Germany.
The Company’s supply chain is predominately EU based, however it also procures a small proportion of products from Asia.
Policies and Responsibility
The following policies help to identify and prevent modern slavery within the organisation:
1. Ethical Sourcing Policy
2. Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy
3. Purchasing Policy
4. Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
The CEO along with the Operating Board have full responsibility in ensuring that the above policies are enforced within the organisation.
Last year, the Company conducted analysis of its supply chain and identified the place of manufacture. This focus has continued this financial year for any new additions. This has been broken this down by spend and geographical area, thereby focusing on the countries which could potentially have the greatest risk of involvement in Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
The business currently undertakes a pre-qualifying questionnaire within its supply chain, which allows an opportunity for vetting of activities.
Training and Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Issues
The following training has been provided within the business:
1. All procurement staff, along with a number of HR, EHS and Internal Audit team have completed an on-line Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking training via Sustainability School
2. All senior personnel and customer facing sales staff have completed an on-line competing fairly and anti-bribery training, along with a declaration of conflicts of interest.
Plan for continual improvement
It is the Company’s intention to;
1. Risk assess each of its suppliers using a detailed questionnaire based upon the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking by products and/or geography
2. From the output of the questionnaire, the Company may conduct random inspections to report on the working conditions and welfare of factory staff.