Modern Slavery Statement

 

Modern slavery is an unquestionable and indefensible violation of an individual’s basic human rights. Wealden Woodstyle recognises that as a commercial organisation it has a moral and social responsibility to take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in all forms.

We are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our organisational activities, and to ensuring, as far as we are able, that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Current Activity:

  • We verify that all employees/subcontractors have the right to work in the UK upon commencement of their employment.
  • We ask all site operatives to provide evidence of their CSCS cards.
  • We make employees/subcontractors aware of their working hours, leave and absence entitlements at induction.
  • We aim to only engage Agency workers that are provided by suppliers on our Preferred Supplier list. We require that all Agencies ensure workers have the right to work in the UK , do not charge their workers a work finding fee and have procedures in place to minimise the risk of recruiting forced or compulsory labour.
  • We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and are in the process of reviewing our existing suppliers.
  • Understanding our supply chain so as to identify and assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • Evaluating modern slavery and human trafficking risks through the completion of our 'Quality and Sustainability Agreement'.
  • Conducting supplier audits - our Supplier Quality Managers work with suppliers in the UK, Europe and in Asia.
  • Terminating our relationship with suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or violate our supplier code of conduct.

We operate the following policies that assist our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all our employees, to report any concerns relating to unlawful conduct, malpractice, dangers to the public or the environment, and any other matter of a serious nature.

Quality and Sustainability - we are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to declare that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Serious violations of the Company’s Quality and Sustainability philosophy will lead to the termination of the business relationship.

Business Ethics Policy - our policy sets out the core values which we expect to be observed throughout the Company.