Modern Slavery Statement
for the Financial Year End 31st December 2019
Hilbre Holdings Limited (and all of its subsidiary companies, namely CLC Group Limited & CLC Contractors Limited) are committed to taking appropriate steps to ensuring acts of modern-day slavery and human trafficking do not exist within its businesses and supply chains.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors and covers all companies within the group. It is signed by Nick Hilton, the Managing Director of Hilbre Holdings Limited.
Hilbre Holdings Limited and its subsidiary companies form one of the UK’s leading property maintenance and refurbishment businesses.
We employ over 1100 direct employees operating across fourteen main operating divisions at sites throughout the United Kingdom. We also employ a subcontract supply chain of varying size according to workload or specialism requirements.
Hilbre Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries recognise that slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking is a growing global issue.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
The Group’s internal policies reflect 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.
All internal policies are reviewed regularly to ensure they are appropriate, well communicated and promote continued compliance with the Act and other applicable legislation.
We have in place the following policies which are relevant to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
Corporate & Social Responsibility Policy
This policy is designed to ensure that the Group of Companies conducts all business responsibly and with the highest ethical and professional standards.
We encourage all employees to report any concerns related to the activities of the business, including any worries in relation to slavery and human trafficking. The Group’s whistleblowing policy and procedure is designed to ensure that any matter raised under this procedure will be investigated thoroughly, promptly and confidentially.
Equality & Diversity Policy
We are committed to achieving a working environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of race, sex, pregnancy, maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual orientation.
We ensure that the process of recruiting employees is fair, consistent, professional and non-discriminatory to both internal and external candidates.
Modern Day Anti-Slavery Policy
We encourage our employees to consider Anti-Slavery measures when working with potential supply chain members or whilst working in partnership on site.
If employees are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chain constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, we encourage reporting it using the recommended channels.
We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any part of our supply chain.
In general, The Group considers its supply chain to be at a ‘low risk’ in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking.
Given the nature of the business and the sectors within which we work, there is no significant utilisation of overseas or unskilled labour, being key areas identified as posing a higher risk.
Imports are of a minimal amount; unskilled labour is of a small quantity and all operations are UK based meaning suppliers are already under an obligation to comply with UK law on forced labour.
The Group demonstrates a zero-tolerance to slavery and human trafficking.
To ensure that all suppliers within the Group’s approved supply chain comply with our values and ethics we have staff within our procurement and human resources teams to ensure compliance with this requirement.
We will update our policies and procedures as required to ensure we maintain appropriate safeguards against any mistreatment of persons involved in our supply chain or own internal business.
Day to Day Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking
Any suspected incidence of slavery or human trafficking would be immediately reported to the employee Line Manager in the first instance.
This would then be investigated and passed the HR or Procurement Manager for review.
It would then be dealt with appropriately, which may include terminating commercial relationships, disciplinary action and notifying the relevant authorities.
Our policy on child labour
We require all of our suppliers to adhere to the standards set out by the International Labour
Organisation as regards the employment of children and young people. In particular:
(a) children must not be recruited before they have reached the age of completion of
compulsory schooling, and in any case not before the age of 15; and
(b) those under 18 must not be required to perform hazardous duties.
(c) all WTD legislation will also be adhered to for under 18’s.
What we have done in 2019
- We reviewed and assessed the current risk profile of our business and our supply chain.
- Communicated these risks to all Procurement and HR professionals and developed amendments to our standard rules of engagement.
- Reviewed and updated the standard supplier Terms & Conditions to include contractual modern slavery obligations, thereby placing an increased emphasis on compliance and review amongst our supply chain.
- Continued to raise awareness amongst employees of modern slavery and human trafficking issues, and how to identify and report any issues.
- Our whistleblowing procedure was updated to increase clarity amongst employees on internal procedures through which they can raise and report concerns.
- Reviewed all employment agencies to check if recruitment fees are paid by worked.
- Uploaded our Modern Slavery Statement to the government registry.
What we will do in 2020
As part of our on-going commitment to ensuring modern slavery is not present within the Group, we will look to take the following action in 2020:
- Continue to raise awareness amongst all employees of modern slavery issues through training.
- Carry out audits of our supply chain.
- Continue to review our internal due diligence process, in particular to undertake an analysis of our Supplier Approval Process and ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are prevalent considerations when assessing whether to engage with any new suppliers.
- Write to identified key suppliers who have not already been contacted to confirm our expectation of compliance with the Act.
Overall, we will continue to focus on understanding further our supply chains, identifying risk areas, and increasing awareness amongst employees on the issues of modern slavery and the reporting procedures available to them. We will continue to update policies and procedures as required to ensure appropriate safeguards against any mistreatment of persons are in place.
Hilbre Holdings Limited