Modern Slavery Policy
Published 29th November 2023
BSW Heating Limited is committed to driving out acts of modern slavery or human trafficking within its own business and that from within its supply chains.
Slavery and human trafficking remain a hidden blight on our global society and we all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in our supply chain. It is important to us that we act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.
Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.
BSW complies with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and this policy constitutes our Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending April 2023.
We are a central heating contractor for local authorities and housing associations, with our Head Office in the UK. We only trade in the UK.
We have an annual turnover of approximately £26,782,195.
Our operatives attend residents’ homes, public buildings and commercial properties to service and repair the central heating appliances. We also supply and fit new heating appliances, all of which are sought from our supply chain.
OUR SUPPLY CHAINS AND DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS
Some of our supply chain outlets are PTS Group Limited, Wolseley Group Plc and City Plumbing Supplies Limited. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate any risk we ensure:
• That we build long-standing relationships with our suppliers.
• We communicate our expectation of business behaviour and share our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement with all our suppliers.
• We liaise with our suppliers annually to ensure that they have adequate slavery and human trafficking statements which are managed by a competent person within their organisation.
• We only trade with the UK branches of these organisations.
• We have a zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values.
• We ask that our supply chains have processes in place to encourage staff to report any concerns and for the protection of whistle blowers.
SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain comply with our values, we have in place a supply chain compliance programme, including supplier check and validation process, supplier agreements and compliance requirements.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our organisation we provide training to the relevant members of staff.
We ensure that our field operatives are trained to recognise the risks of human trafficking when briefing them about safeguarding of young children and vulnerable adults and to use the referral process if they have a concern.
All Directors and Managers have had training on the subject.
The Company Directors and Senior Management shall take the responsibility for implementing this policy statement.
We will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.
We operate the following policies also that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and modern trafficking in our operations:
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Employee code of conduct
- Recruitment/Agency workers policy
This policy statement will be reviewed annually.