Overview of Act
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into effect in March 2015 and is the first of its kind in Europe. The legislation enhances the support and protection for victims of human trafficking and enslavement. Erith Contractors Ltd is wholly supportive of the Act. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Erith Policy Statement
During 2017, our goal was to assess our current supply chain to identify areas of high risk in relation to modern slavery. No areas of concern were highlighted and our plan for the next fiscal year will be to monitor our supplied labour to ensure that they are not being exploited.
Responsibility for the policy
The board of directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them, understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
Procurement have a responsibility to ensure that the PQQ from suppliers is filled out with the relevant, requested information attached as required and that this information is kept up to date on the supply chain list on Ezone.
- The Erith Group, and all our subsidiaries, will not tolerate the use of forced or child labour in any of its operations.
- We do not tolerate the physical punishment, abuse or involuntary servitude of any worker.
- We expect all members of our supply chain to uphold the same standards.
- Should a member of our supply chain be involved in a breach of the Modern Slavery Act, which comes to the attention of the company, Erith Contractors Limited, will cease all business activity with that company, effective immediately.
All the companies under Erith Holdings Ltd, which include demolition, earth works, remediation, haulage and infrastructure perform the majority of their work within the UK and Europe, our policies apply to each of them without exception. Amongst them, our Corporate Social Responsibility, Equal Opportunities, Suspected Wrong Doing and Health, Safety and Wellbeing policies demonstrate the importance of ensuring our employees receive the duty of care that they deserve.
Processes to Combat Trafficking and Slavery
We are committed to providing our staff with a salary which, as a minimum, meets the National Living Wage and offering the required statutory leave entitlement. Furthermore, we ensure all our staff have provided their National Insurance Number, or Working Visa if they are not British nationals, prior to their employment and perform the necessary checks to determine their eligibility to work in the UK. By checking our employees’ NI Numbers or Working Visa’s we know they are legally eligible to work in the UK, and that their salary will be monitored by HMRC. Our Appraisal Questionnaire used for vetting our supply chain will inform us that the businesses with whom we conduct our operations with have taken equivalent steps.
Ensuring Standards in our Supply Chain
Erith require all suppliers and sub-contractors to complete an Appraisal Questionnaire. The answers from this questionnaire provide us with sufficient information that we are confident our entire supply chain upholds the same standards, principals and business ethics that we do. If we feel they do not reach our standards, or have progressively allowed their standards to lower, they will cease to be a business with whom the Erith Group associate ourselves with.
Training and Awareness
The Erith Group utilises their own cloud-based intranet system known internally as E-Zone. This system is continuously updated and alerts relevant employees when contracts and Working Visas are due to expire. E-Zone is also used to share information instantaneously to all our employees, which means we can distribute awareness bulletins, advice, and guidance on a range of topics, including our stance against forced labour and human trafficking. Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us, and regular training will be provided as necessary.
A signed PDF version of this policy is available here