Statement on the Modern Slavery Act
Wincanton takes its ethical standards and conduct very seriously and sets out the Group’s requirements for suppliers in procurement and ethics policies. The Group are committed to requiring our supply chain understand our standards and expectations on anti-bribery and corruption, legal compliance and ethical conduct.
This statement is provided in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the Group’s approach to prohibiting any form of forced labour, slavery or human trafficking throughout its supply chain.
Wincanton have reviewed its employment and procurement activities in line with the legislative requirements and confirm the following steps have been, or are in the process of being, undertaken:
A strategy statement and policy have been drafted regarding forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and related policies are also being updated. These are in the process of being communicated to educate and embed responsibility throughout the Group and its supply chain.
An assessment of the Group’s current suppliers by size and risk has been undertaken and all suppliers have been sent a letter setting out Wincanton’s requirement for their compliance with the legislation. Our largest suppliers have been requested to provide details on their strategy and approach to compliance with the legislation.
Due diligence and information required to satisfy the strategy statement and policy have been incorporated into the procurement pre-qualification process when tendering and procuring new suppliers and renewals, to assess suitability to provide goods and services to the Group in respect of their business practices, ethics and labour practices.
The impact on Group employment practices and processes, including use of agencies, is being assessed in conjunction with external advice. Any required changes will be implemented throughout the Group during the financial year ending 31 March 2017, and awareness training will be rolled out as part of this process.
Wincanton will continue to regularly review policies and processes to elevate standards and conduct with regard to ethical and social responsibility in our supply chain and business, for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. Further detail and progress on the steps outlined above will be made in the Annual Report next year and published online simultaneously.
The Directors approved the above statement on 8 June 2016.
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