Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. The Arran Isle Group has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. Integrity and mutual respect are cornerstones of our business values. We are committed to acting ethically and transparently in all business dealings. We are determined to have effective systems and controls in place to raise awareness of, and to safeguard against, any form of modern slavery taking place within the Group or, to the best of our ability, anywhere in the Group’s supply chain.
This policy covers all of our Group businesses, including LaSalle Bristol in the USA, European Hardware businesses in the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Nordic Countries and Baltic States, as well as the Middle East, and the Group’s sourcing and manufacturing operations in Asia.
Our high risk areas
The Group recognises that exposure to modern slavery is likely to be more prevalent in low cost manufacturing countries such as India, China and Malaysia, which form the bulk of our import sourcing locations. In these areas, we have introduced vendor audits, regular compliance testing and communication processes to ensure we do all that we can to prevent modern slavery in any form.
We operate policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the Group’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work checks for all employees in each territory in which we operate, to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our businesses or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of business conduct. This code explains the way we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
The Group operates a formal supplier management policy in the high risk territories described above, and as part of this, maintains an approved supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become an approved supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that the supplier has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery, pre-approval audits and questionnaires, along with subsequent periodic on site audits which include a review of working conditions. Our anti-slavery policy generally forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, where possible we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
We will seek to terminate the contract with suppliers at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light which are not rectified promptly.
We regularly conduct training for our procurement/buying teams, and senior managers so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our businesses or supply chains.
If a Group employee becomes aware of or suspects that there may be the possibility of any modern slavery abuses occurring within the Group or its supply chain, this must be reported immediately to the employee’s line manager and the business’s General Manager or Managing Director. The claim will then be investigated immediately and the findings reported to the Group Corporate Services Director and/or Controller. If the employee does not feel comfortable reporting the matter via this route or considers that the matter is not being investigated fully or dealt with appropriately, the matter should be reported immediately using the Group’s Whistleblowing Policy procedures which are widely publicised throughout the Arran Isle Group.
Our performance indicators
We monitor the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our businesses or supply chains by reviewing at Group Board level any reports that are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies indicating that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Group Chief Executive, will be reviewed annually and is pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Group’s statement for 2016.