Modern Slavery Act Disclosure 2019
This statement relates to the Andy Bolton Groups calendar financial year for 2019.
Modern slavery is a prevalent and growing issue and we know that we are not immune to the risks global supply chains carry. Modern slavery includes forced and bonded labour, servitude and human trafficking.
The Andy Bolton Group is committed to behaving in a socially responsible way. We hold the BITC Community Mark, which recognises our contribution to our communities and our positive impacts for society.
The Andy Bolton Group has a zero tolerance stance in relation to modern slavery and we extend this to our suppliers and all who we work with.
We are a market leading construction integrated solutions group. We specialise in demolition, construction, civil engineering and consulting.
Our Code of Conduct sets out how we expect our employees to behave; this includes in respect to each other, and is underpinned by our values to act fairly.
Our Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy can be found on our website alongside all corporate policies that we expect all supply chain partners to adhere to.
The Andy Bolton Group carried out an internal audit to see how prepared the Group was to address modern slavery in the supply chain. The audit found that the necessary requirements for Modern Slavery Act compliance have been considered and an implementation process was undertaken.
Our supply chain
We manage our operations ourselves, but we still rely on a number of suppliers to operate our business. Our supply chain includes services related to the purchase, sale and development of real estate, construction and property management services.
Our supply chain policy that sets out our standards for supply chain partners in meeting our objectives of value for money while maintaining environmental, ethical and health and safety standards.
Assessment of modern slavery within our supply chain
We have previously carried out a high-level assessment of our supply chain to identify our high-risk areas.
Construction was identified as the highest risk part of our supply chain operations and within this, brick manufacturing the key area of risk. We also identified two areas within our direct operations that are a potential risk factor.
Embedding respect: how we are working with our suppliers
We work with our suppliers to ensure they meet our standards. We recognise the importance of good relationships with suppliers to meet our supply chain objectives. We maintain an open and transparent dialogue with:
- Regular tendering
- Supplier screening and questions
- Codes of conduct for supply chain, setting out supplier responsibility
- Monitoring and continuous improvement
- Reviewing supply chain risks
Educating and empowering colleagues
To tackle modern slavery within our supply chain, awareness and education are key. All our staff receive information to raise awareness about modern slavery.
We have set two implementation KPIs to track how well modern slavery awareness has been embedded into our operations and supply chain:
- Number of staff trained
- Number of suppliers communicated to
A safe and confidential route to whistle blow
As well as making our people aware of the risks and signs of modern slavery we have provided avenues for our people to raise any concerns. We believe it is everyone’s job to be vigilant and report and suspicions.
We have provided all our people with information on contacting our dedicated whistleblowing confidential hot line. This is in addition to the government’s modern slavery reporting hot line.
We plan to review our policy and KPIs annually to make sure they remain fit for purpose.