Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy Statement

INTRODUCTION

Marcus Worthington Group has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to driving out acts of modern-day slavery from within its own business and that from within its supply chains.

STRUCTURE

The Marcus Worthington Group comprises: Stonewell Property Company Limited, Marcus Worthington Properties Limited, Marcus Worthington & Company Limited, The Fleece Inn Limited and Hollinwood Homes Limited. We are a provider of property and construction services in the public and private sectors and we also provide services within the hospitality sector. We are based in the UK, with our head office in Garstang, just north of Preston.

SUPPLY CHAINS

Our supply chains include a variety of subcontractor trades and suppliers of products for use in construction, property development and property management. We also use food, drinks and non-consumable suppliers within the hospitality sector.

POLICIES ON MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to combatting modern slavery and human trafficking in any part of our business and in our supply chains and will endeavour to ensure that no such activities arise within our operations by ensuring transparency within the business and with suppliers of goods and services provided to the organisation.

A review of controls undertaken by the supplier will be incorporated in the supplier approval processes. Imported supplies from sources from outside of the UK and EU are potentially more at risk for slavery / human trafficking issues. The level of management control required for these sources will be continually monitored.

DUE DILIGENCE AND RISK ASSESSMENT:

  • We will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking and only approved suppliers and contractors are to be appointed to carry out works and re-assessed accordingly.
  • We make it clear to all our employees, subcontractors and suppliers that we have high expectations of integrity and impose in our contracts provisions to deal with this issue.
  • We are developing and refining simple straight forward training materials to keep the risks in our business at the forefront of the minds of our employees and others working on our sites.
  • We dedicate resources and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the business and its supply chain.
  • We carry out detailed checks of prospective employees and their backgrounds.
  • We have an established whistle blowing policy to encourage our employees to repot issues of concern to us.

and we have procedures and processes that:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas within our business and in our supply chains.
  • Require all those in our supply chain and subcontractors to comply with our values with the use of a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of requiring our subcontractors and suppliers to enter into a contractual commitment with us to combat slavery and human trafficking in their own organisation and within their own supply chains.
  • Protect whilst blowers.

SAFEGUARDS

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith, even if they turn out to be a mistake. We are committed to ensuring that no one suffers detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith, their suspicion that modern slavery or human trafficking in whatever form is, or may be, taking place in any part of the business or in any of our supply chain members’ or business partners’ businesses.

Any concerns about suspected modern slavery associated with the business or our suppliers, may be raised confidentially by employees via their Line Manager, the Office Manager, the HR Manager or by other 3rd parties, through a member of the Board of Directors.

In addition, access to a Government 24-hour helpline and website is available to employees and business partners should they prefer this route: modernslavery.co.uk/report-it or 0800 0121 700.

TRAINING FOR STAFF

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, providing ongoing training to relevant personnel. This training will continue to be reviewed annually.

MEASURING EFFECTIVENESS

The company business ethics is supported by the measurement of our performance by both internal and external auditing and reporting. Additionally, management will periodically review this policy and will do so especially in the event of any major organisational changes, new legislation or serious breaches of the policy.

FURTHER STEPS

We shall keep under constant review the effectiveness of the steps we are taking to avoid and prevent slavery and human trafficking in our own organisation and supply chains and will take such further steps as we deem necessary to effect improvements.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st December 2018.