Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Modern Slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. Recent statistics show that 27% of reported potential victims claimed to have experienced labour exploitation.  Traffickers and illegal/unlicensed gang masters target a range of industries including those involved in construction.

Robert Woodhead (Holdings) Ltd (The Company) is committed to combating acts of modern day slavery from both within the business and its supply chain, however small, and acknowledges its responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Our anti-slavery Policy Statement reflects our commitment to ensuring, so far as we are able, that there is no modern day slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.  Our Anti-slavery Policy Statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls.

Robert Woodhead Group Structure

The Woodhead Group is owned and operated by a new generation of the Woodhead family, focusing on three key business areas:

Woodhead Construction (Robert Woodhead Ltd) – comprising a number of distinct specialisms enabling the group to offer customers dedicated teams in affordable housing (Woodhead Living) conservation and consultancy services (Woodhead Heritage) refurbishments, repairs and maintenance (Woodhead Improve) and projects for schools, colleges and universities (Woodhead Education).

Woodhead Enterprise Ltd – which manages the Woodhead commercial properties in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Woodhead Regeneration Ltd – focuses on three key areas:  land and works opportunities with public sector partners; joint ventures and Woodhead Homes, which brings to market beautifully designed new homes

Due Diligence

The Company will identify and mitigate risk in respect of slavery and human trafficking in the following ways during 2017:

  • The company will not knowingly support or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.
  • Implement targeted training for those involved in/or with responsibility for supply chain management and recruitment.
  • Undertake more stringent vetting and investigation of our supply chain (subcontractors, suppliers, labour agencies and professional service providers).
  • Continually audit and review our practices for checking all employees are paid at least the real living wage and have the right to work.
  • Encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

Relevant Policies

In keeping with the company’s commitment to act with integrity in all its business dealings, the Company’s Anti-bribery, Equal Opportunities & Dignity at Work, Disclosures in the Public Interest, Conduct Whilst on Company Business policies and the Disciplinary and Grievance policy rules all define the Company’s required high standards of ethical behaviour that ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in any parts of its business.

Training

Our staff are expected and encouraged to report concerns to management. To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business, we will provide appropriate training where required.

Declaration

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for the Robert Woodhead Group and its Group companies for the financial year ending 31 October 2017.

David Woodhead

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Managing Director

Date: 19 January 2017

This statement is made on behalf of the Robert Woodhead (Holdings) Ltd Companies referred to above