Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking

This Statement was issued on 9thMarch 2020 on behalf of Woolven and Brown Ltd, a UK limited liability company, incorporated under English law. This Statement constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for Woolven and Brown Ltd

Introduction

We are committed to responsible business practices protecting human rights. We have adopted a zero tolerance approach to all forms of slavery and human trafficking ("modern slavery") in our organisation and supply chain, and we are focused on identifying, reporting and addressing any human rights risks or abuses in our operations or our supply chain.

Our business and supply chains

Woolven and Brown Ltd is a UK private Limited company  (the "Firm"). Our business activities center around the provision of construction and data protection services to clients in the UK and Europe. 

Policies

We have internal policies and procedures that demonstrate our commitment to eradicating the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chain. These include Procurement, Health and Safety and Equal Opportunity policies. Our Whistleblowing policy encourages personnel to report suspected wrongdoing as soon as possible, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously, investigated promptly and that their confidentiality will be respected, consistent with adequate investigation and remediation. These policies are made available to all our employees at all times.  

Risk assessment and due diligence

Our business

As a professional services firm we have assessed the risk of modern slavery to be low in our operations. We support public accountability and transparency and are committed to reporting and regularly reviewing our assessment to ensure that we are continually improving our practices.

We confirm that we have in place systems to ensure full compliance with relevant labor laws relating to employee terms and conditions, including pay.

Our supply chain

We expect our suppliers to share our values, but we recognise that there is a risk of modern slavery in our supply chain.  Therefore, we are in the process of implementing a robust supply chain compliance programme, with additional processes introduced for suppliers in such higher risk jurisdictions. Our supply chain compliance programme:

·      imposes contractual obligations on key suppliers, with obligations related to compliance with relevant laws (including those related to modern slavery) and requirements to impose similar standards on their suppliers;

·      requires new key suppliers to provide us with pertinent information to help us determine the risks to us in entering into a business relationship with them;

·      provides for monitoring of the jurisdictions in which our key suppliers operate to identify any risks and conducting market reviews of key services by a formal tender process, with a emphasis on the values that matter to us; and

·      provides a contractual right to audit the performance and working practices of our key suppliers.

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Training

The Company provides annual training on Human Rights and we also offers practice-specific training sessions on business and human rights developments.

 

Next steps

Our priorities for 2020 and beyond are as follows:

·      Develop and publish our business values/code of conduct.

·      Develop additional training for Directors and employees and others that work closely with us who are involved in managing our supplier relationships to enable them to recognise risk factors more easily.