We are open for business and continue to supply trade customers with cleaning products, many of which are used for essential services including the NHS. However, deliveries may well take a day or two longer than normal, we are not currently opening new accounts and we do not supply to consumers.
This statement provides some background to our business and sets out the steps Robert Scott & Sons have taken during the financial year ending 30 September 2019 to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any part of our business or supply chain.
The company and supply chain
Robert Scott & Sons Ltd is a manufacturing and janitorial products supplier with a head office based in North West England and over 2000 customers worldwide. With around 220 employees, all our workforce, whether employed directly or through an employment agency are recruited from within the UK and employed in the UK.
Our supply chain includes the sourcing of raw materials including mop yarns, knitting yarns and plastics, locally, nationally and worldwide.
Robert Scott & Sons is committed to ensuring that there is no slavery, forced or compulsory human labour, abuse of power over vulnerable individuals human trafficking or exploitation in any part of the business or supply chain.
We have established an integrated approach to managing human rights across the business, including risks related to slavery and human trafficking.
Robert Scott & Sons is a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains.
We expect our national and international supply chains to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies in place. Complying with our customer requirements, we will use independent third-party specialists who carry out audits to an internationally approved method (SMETA) and along with the Robert Scott Supplier Ethical Questionnaire responses, we are able to evaluate risks.
Processes for combating slavery and human trafficking
As part of our process to identify and mitigate risk, we adhere to strict guidelines to protect our workers from poor treatment and exploitation covering issues such as working hours, training, terms and conditions of employment and the national minimum wage. We do this by assessing;
Health and safety issues.
Pay and tax matters.
Our preference is to directly recruit our employees and all, with the exception of a small number of employees who are based from their home, have their place of work at one of the six sites owned by Robert Scott & Sons. We have a comprehensive recruitment process in place, including checks for eligibility to work in the UK and bank details.
Labour and recruitment agencies
Our requirements are that they have been independently audited and certified by the REC (recruitment and employment federation) working in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act & the conduct of employment agencies / employment business regulations 2003. We also ensure that they hold a current GLAA (Gang masters and Labour Abuse Authority) certificate.
A whistleblowing and disclosure of information policy is published in the employee handbook. It provides clear guidance on raising concerns in confidence relating to any wrongdoing which extends to slavery and human trafficking.
We encourage anyone (including employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and clients) to reportin good faith any issues or concerns about potential ethics, human rights, legal or regulatory violations, including improper or unethical business practices such as fraud or bribery. All reports will be fully investigated and appropriate measures taken to rectify the situation.
The Robert Scott Code of Conduct states that we do not condone child, forced, indentured or bonded labour but seek to promote honest and ethical conduct, deter wrongdoing and support compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The principles embodied in the code reflect our policies related to but not limited to slavery, human trafficking, conflicts of interest, non-discrimination, antitrust, anti-bribery and anticorruption and protection of the company’s assets and reputation.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff. All directors have been briefed on the subject.
This statement is made pursuant to 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending September 2019.