Modern Slavery Statement
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In accordance with The Modern Slavery Act 2015, this statement sets out Robert Scott’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery and human trafficking taking place in its own business or its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year ending September 2018.
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. All our workers, whether 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.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
Robert Scott & Sons is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery and human trafficking in any part of our business or in our supply chain. We have established an integrated approach to managing human rights across the business, including risks related to slavery and human trafficking.
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 employ third party specialist auditors and along with the Robert Scott Supplier Ethical Questionnaire responses, we are able to evaluate risks.
In addition, 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.
Processes for combating slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative 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 and the national minimum wage. We do this by assessing:
- Pay and tax matters.
- Health and safety conditions.
- Working conditions.
- Recruitment agencies: our requirement is that they have been independently audited and certified by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Federation) working in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act and the conduct of employment agencies/employment business regulations 2003. We also ensure that they hold a current GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) certificate.
- That the correct processes are in place to encourage the reporting of concerns, the protection of whistle blowers and allowing all employees access to representation.
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.
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.
We encourage anyone (including employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and clients) to report in 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.
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 current financial year.
Daniel Scott, Operations Director