This statement is made on behalf of the board of Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Limited with regards to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act requires large employers to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate Slavery and Human Trafficking within their supply chain.
We have been a supplier of Bodies and Trailers to the transport industry for 35 years, also providing Repairs and Services to operators within the industry. Our company is based at three different sites within Stoke-on-Trent.
Over the last 12 months the whole business focus shifted to survival with the ravaging effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The bulk of our workforce were on furlough leave from March 2020 for several months, with a ban on unnecessary travelling in force thereafter. Our plans to visit suppliers were therefore stopped in their tracks, but will resume once a more normal way of working resumes.
We have, since our last statement, continued to develop our commitment to improving practices that ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any other part of our business. The products we sell are sourced mainly from the UK, but are manufactured in many different countries, and include many well-known branded products. We aim to ensure that these values are upheld across all of our supply chain.
To achieve this, we are assessing areas of our business where there could be potential risks of modern slavery within our supply chain. Over the last year we have begun to develop and implement systems and controls to review and monitor compliance with our policy.
We purchase products from UK and European-based supplier companies, many of whom are part of larger global organisations. These organisations acknowledge and generally publish their commitment to anti-slavery practices.
We have presented our major and high risk suppliers with a copy of our Anti-Slavery policy, with the expectation that their own policies and the policies of their own suppliers meet our same high standard. We are now actively corresponding with our major suppliers, requesting their anti-slavery (and ethical) policies and statements and seeking positive confirmation of their commitment to compliance with our standards.
We will assess any instances of non-compliance if and when they arise, and take the appropriate action to remedy such non-compliance. If we find serious breaches to our core policy our suppliers have been informed that we will instantly seek an alternative supply route.
Our materials are sourced from manufacturers in several countries around the globe and are often manufactured to our own specification and design. As at 31 March 2019 we had active relationships with circa 250 core suppliers, predominantly in the UK and Europe.
To help ensure that we aren’t involved in modern slavery or the infringement of human rights in any way we have started to conduct our own independent inspections of third-party facilities involved in the manufacture of products that we use. During these inspections we will carry out extensive checks and produce written ‘factory inspection’ reports.
We have begun documenting such supplier checks and have recently visited key suppliers as far away as Asia to ensure our standards are met.
- Checks will include:
- Working environment – Ventilation, lighting, cleanliness, temperature
- Working hours of factory employees
- Machinery & equipment standards and guards
- Safety equipment including firefighting equipment and first aid kits
- PPE & training
- Emergency exits & signage
- Staff facilities
- Factory certification
Our Supply chains are predominantly based in the UK and we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within our supply chains or in any part of our business.
We are committed 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.
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we are contacting our supplier base in relation to slavery and human trafficking. We will make our best efforts to ensure that we only work with suppliers who acknowledge their obligations towards modern slavery.
The system we are putting in place will:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Monitor risk areas in our supply chains.