The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent in March 2015, with legislation coming into force in October 2015. Under Section 54 of this new legislation it will be a requirement that large employers - those with a total turnover of at least £36 million a year - to make a slavery and human trafficking statement.
They will have to outline the measures they have taken to ensure that slavery and trafficking are absent from supply chains.
The statements will have to be prepared each financial year and may contain information on a company’s supply chain structure; due diligence processes; a risk assessment about parts of the supply chain where there may be a problem; measures taken to counter that risk; and training on the issue offered to staff
1.1 Modern slavery and human trafficking in all their various forms and guises are a crime in the UK and much of the world and a violation of fundamental human rights.
1.2 EURO COMMERCIALS (SOUTH WALES) LTD have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all activities and business relationships.
We expect our Supply Chain, Contractors, Employees and all other business partners to commit to the same, including implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to prevent and detect all acts of exploitation, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
1.3 We are committed to supporting Jobs with Dignity and in upholding our Moral Rights and Obligations.
2.1 The economic, social and environmental footprint of our business activity is a fundamental consideration in our commitment to responsible and sustainable business growth.
2.2 We is dedicated to being the UK’s most helpful Commercial Fleet Providers as a Mercedes chosen commercial vehicle dealer for South Wales delivering a one stop shop from Sales, Repairs, Parts & Servicing to managing the whole life of your Mercedes Van or Truck.
3.1. The Directors and senior management team at Euro Commercials have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity comply with it.
3.2. The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity (including our employees, suppliers, workers, directors, agents, distributors and all third party business partners).
3.3. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
We are implementing and enforcing a number of measures, policies and controls both internally and externally to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015:
4.1. Training on this policy and the risk our business faces from Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking forms part of the induction process for all individuals joining the business and a learning module is being created for all existing staff employed in a relevant functions. Regular refresher training will be provided as required.
4.2. The issues surrounding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking have been added to the Company handbook the Central Reference Document which is available to all employees.
4.3 We operate an Ethical Business Code to ensure all employees are treated in a fair manner, whilst working within the regulations of “Working Time Directive and Minimum Wage Framework”
4.4 We will not discriminate and will engage with employees to ensure their “fundamental rights and freedom” are upheld. We will conduct periodic evaluations to improve quality, training and working conditions.
All persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity must:
6.1. Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
6.2. We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organizations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
We will review and audit our Supply Chains, External Operations and Internal Operations on an ongoing basis to check compliance with the above policy, and to check that our policy is being implemented effectively.