Modern Slavery Statement
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations supplying goods or
services with a turnover of above £36 million to prepare and publish an annual ‘Slavery and
Human Trafficking Statement’. The Statement must set out the steps an organisation has
taken, if any, during its financial year to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking
place in its supply chain.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million slaves around
the world. It is a growing global issue that transcends age, gender and ethnicities. It includes
victims who have been brought from overseas and vulnerable people in the UK, who are
forced to illegally work against their will across many different sectors such as agriculture,
hospitality, construction, retail and manufacturing.
The company is working towards establishing a zero-tolerance position on violations of antihuman
trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. If we find breaches of these laws within our
supply chain, we will look to support companies in their efforts to comply with the
legislation. We will also actively consider how we support or conduct business with
organisations involved in slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour.
Our values: Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect, and Responsibility
underpin our culture and how we do business. They are embedded throughout our business
and set the parameters for how we expect people to behave with their colleagues, customers
and the world at large. We seek to treat everyone fairly and consistently, creating a workplace
and business environment that is open, transparent and trusted. Our policies and procedures
relating to the Modern Slavery Act are in line with our culture and values.
Our structure and supply chains
The Brickability Group is a supplier of bricks, tiles and radiators into the UK construction
sector. Turnover for the combined Group is projected to be over £130m in 2019.
We invest in developing long term relationships and identifying third parties that best meet
the company’s needs; this is particularly important because of the specialist nature of our
products (bricks, roof tiles and radiators).
We believe that the risk of modern slavery in third parties with which we have a direct
relationship is relatively low as they are all based within Europe and are large companies. We
place obligations on our third parties to take responsibility for controlling their own supply
chain, and this is reiterated in our policy on working with third parties and is included in our
Both the Purchasing Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct will be reviewed annually, and
updated as and when deemed appropriate, to ensure they are continually developed and
remain fit for purpose.
We have a number of procedures in place that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not
occur in our business or supply chains.
- Robust recruitment processes in line with UK employment laws, including: ‘right to
work’ document checks; contracts of employment and checks to ensure everyone
employed is 16 and above.
- Market-related pay and reward, which is reviewed annually.
We want to help our people to understand more about this growing issue and how to report
any suspicions they may have, whether in a business or personal context. We have
highlighted the modernslavery.co.uk site to all our employees, which holds useful
information on how to recognise different types of slavery, how to spot the signs and
provides details of a telephone helpline. We have developed resources and made them
available to our people, including summary documents with an overview of the Modern
Slavery Act, and links to the modernslavery.co.uk site.
Reporting knowledge or suspicion of slavery:
We encourage any staff to report any concerns to senior staff or report directly using the
modernslavery.co.uk web site.
Looking forward: key performance indicators
- Going forward, we aim to work towards:
developing an employee training module that will be undertaken by all employees.
This training will outline what modern slavery is, how to identify it and what
individuals should do if they suspect there are any cases of slavery occurring.
Completion of this training will form a compulsory part of our employees’ annual
review and new starter induction processes.
- Developing a procedure to monitor how our suppliers comply with our supplier Code