We are committed to playing a role in the communities where we carry out our business and thereby give a benefit to those with whom we interact.
Our responsibilities are predominantly met by:
Creating, in partnership with North Lindsey College and Correx, a new apprenticeship for industrial painters. 2019 is the inaugural year and 11 apprentices are currently learning their future trade.
Sponsorship of youth sports teams, both locally and in areas where we have long term contractual commitments.
Provision of a sports field free of charge for multi-sport usage adjacent to our Head Office.
Support for local amenities including provision of benches, ground clearance and tidying schemes.
Support for specific projects including blast cleaning and painting new fencing and gates for the Kirton Lindsey war memorial and supplying paint for local school projects.
We actively participate in local sourcing initiatives wherever we work to give the benefit of our spending to local businesses. Where we gain long term contracts, we seek to augment our core workforce with local recruitment.
Our Business Ethics and Anti-Bribery Policies provide the key principles we follow when conducting our business. Thus we will not simply comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. These are the bare minimum of our responsibilities which extend to concepts of respect, conscience, honesty, fairness and tolerance.
As further evidence of our commitment to CSR, we publish below our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement detailing our efforts to contribute to the nationwide effort to stamp out this odious practice.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Modern slavery is a crime and gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, 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.
We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain.
This statement sets out our actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to business and to ensure steps are maintained to prevent slavery and human trafficking.
Our Supply Chains and Supplier Adherence to our Values - The relationship with all our suppliers has been established over a number of years and is built on mutually beneficial factors, where we have close and personal links and contact with the owners or directors, typically reflecting the fact that we partner with small and medium sized operations in the main. As and when we appoint new contractors or suppliers come onboard, we pre-qualify any new business through a process of due diligence relating to company performance, HS&E compliance and references from other customers to establish that they are suitable. To date we have not been made aware of any human trafficking/slavery activities within the supply chain, but if any were highlighted to us then we would act immediately in accordance with our legal and moral obligations.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking - We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our 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 our supply chains.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking - As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have in place systems to:
Identify and assess potential risk areas when considering taking on new suppliers and regularly review our existing supply chains
Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occuring in our supply chains
Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains
Protect whistle blowers
Training - We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To maintain awareness and ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, our Anti-Slavery Policy is available on the Company Intranet System.
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 in the current financial year.