Modern Slavery Statement

Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy Statement

INTRODUCTION

Slavery and human trafficking remains a reality in the modern world. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. All employees are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them whether raised from within or from outside the business.

ORGANISATION’S STRUCTURE

Beggs & Partners through our trade counters and showrooms, supply a wide range of plumbing, heating and bathroom products to the construction industry. The group has its head office in Northern Ireland and all trading branches are in the UK.

OUR SUPPLY CHAINS

Our supply chain includes both UK and EU based suppliers of plumbing, heating and bathroom products.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. This Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in the company or our supply chains.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk -

  • We build long standing relationships with our suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour, we expect these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes. We expect each entity in the supply chain to, at least, adopt ‘one-up’ due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us (and every other participant in the chain) to have a direct relationship with all links in the supply chain.
  • We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values. We expect all suppliers to conduct Right-to-Work checks of their workforce in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act 2006.

TRAINING

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.

OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATTING SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We use the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • Use of labour monitoring and payroll systems to check eligibility of employees working in the UK; and
  • Level of communication and personal contact with next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

As part of our ongoing risk assessment processes we will consider whether circumstances warrant us carrying out audits of suppliers for their compliance with our Code of Conduct.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

On behalf of the board

Signed by: Neil Bleakly

Position: Director

Date: 17 October 2022

Year end: 30 September 2022

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