In accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA), this statement provides the steps that B.E.S. Limited (“the Company”) takes to prevent slavery and human trafficking occurring in its business and supply chains.
The Company respects all people and is committed to equal treatment. The Company will endeavour to ensure that no slavery or human trafficking takes place within our business or supply chain, and will take immediate steps to deal with any organisations or individuals found to be involved in such practices so that our standards and values are maintained.
The Company's principal activities concern the sourcing, sale and distribution of plumbing components associated tools and equipment and directly employs some 88 people.
This statement is provided so that everyone who engages with the Company whether in employment or in business may acquaint themselves with the contents.
The Company is committed to taking reasonable steps to help address the risk of modem slavery or human or human trafficking occurring in our supply chain or in any part of our business, recognising that this is an ongoing challenge. Our Anti Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to act ethically and with integrity in our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls aimed at reducing the risk that modem slavery or human trafficking may be taking place anywhere in our business or supply chain.
The Company has a zero tolerance in all areas of its business and supply chains from using slavery and human trafficking of any kind. The Company’s main protection against slavery is to ensure:-
- that our management and staff are advised about the MSA
- that our business partners provide training to their staff, suppliers and providers
- that on induction staff are vetted to ensure that they have the right to work in the UK. The Company also requires that UK contractors, only employ staff with the right to work in the UK.
- Both internal staff and subcontractors are advised of the Company’s policy on the MSA
- that we effectively communicate the Company’s Public Interest Disclosure (whistle blowing) Policy and
- all business activity, including those of our contractors, complies with minimum wage legislation.
Due to the breadth of its businesses and supply chains the Company is not in a position to check every business relationship. The Company has highlighted the principal high risk areas in which there is a risk of human trafficking and slavery are those related to our sub contractors and supply chains. To ensure that external supply chains comply with this policy the Company requires that the business practices and supply chains of each supplier are in accordance with the MSA and the Company monitors compliance by suitable levels of due diligence according to the level of risk which the Company assesses give rise to a risk of the potential for human trafficking and/or modern slavery.
Any instances of non-compliance will be assessed and remedial action will be taken and tailored to suit the circumstances. The Company will only trade with those who fully comply with this statement or those who are taking steps towards full compliance. If the Company is not satisfied with the steps being taken towards full compliance, it will temporarily suspend its business with that supplier (to the extent permitted under contract or by law). The ultimate sanction for the continual failure to comply will be for the Company to cease to trade with that supplier (to the extent as permitted under contract or by law).
The Company will quickly and thoroughly investigate any claim or indication that any area of its business or supply chains is engaging in human trafficking or slave labour.
Any such claim coming to the attention of the Company’s personnel would be reported to senior management in accordance with our Public Interest Disclosure (Whistle blowing) Policy. The Board of directors will be informed of the issue including the findings and outcome of the investigation.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Company, who will continue review and develop the Company's monitoring processes and training and update them as necessary.