We are committed to playing a role in the communities in which we carry out our business and thereby give something back to those with whom we interact.
Our responsibilities are predominantly met by sponsorship and provision of facilities free of charge in the following areas:
Sponsorship of our local cycling club over many years (not simply when it is fashionable to do so)
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
Maintenance of an Apprenticeship programme and providing a Contracts Manager to sit on the Advisory Board of our local College to advise on Apprenticeships in the painting industry
We actively participate in local sourcing initiatives wherever we work so as to give the benefit of our spending to local businesses and 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 seen as 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 a 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 businesss 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 upon 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 prequalify 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 risks of slavery and human trafficking occurring 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 Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the current financial year.