Grant UK Modern Slavery Policy

 

1. Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

 

2. Our Business

Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of parent heating manufacturer Grant Engineering of Ireland. Based in Wiltshire, UK, we are a B2B company dealing with key customers in the heating sector including heating installers, builder’s merchants, specifiers, architects, local authorities and housing associations. Grant (UK) is predominantly focused on sales, marketing, training and distribution.

Our main supplier is our parent company; this allows us more knowledge into the manufacturing process of these products. We source our other products from reputable suppliers and conduct checks prior to utilising their business.

 

3. Our Policies

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

Anti-slavery policy.  This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.

Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.

Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

Code of business conduct.  This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.

 

4. Our Suppliers

Grant Engineering UK Ltd operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list.  We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier.  This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:

They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business

They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery

(For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)

(For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations

We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light

 

5. Training

We regularly conduct training for our purchasing team so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.

 

6. Performance

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified within our supply chain.

 

7. Review

This policy will be reviewed annually as part of Management Review procedures. The board of directors will overview this policy.