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Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

The G F Tomlinson Group is an ethical company and is proud of the standards we have upheld in the last 125 years we have been in business.

The ethical way we work and our integrity is consistent with the underlying principles applied to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We firmly believe that slavery and the trafficking of people have no place in the modern world and that the new legislation will go a long way to combat these unlawful practices. To this end, we fully embrace the new legislation and are committed in helping it to become an important part of doing business in the UK, in order to eliminate slavery and people trafficking once and for all.

The G F Tomlinson Group

The G F Tomlinson Group is a family owned regional building and construction company. This statement is made on behalf of the G F Tomlinson Group and the individual companies within the Group in accordance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its contents take account of the activities and supply chains of them all.

Our Policy on Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking

The G F Tomlinson Group Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy may be found here.

We are committed to ensuring, so far as we are able, that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business, and we take a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. Our supply chains include sub-contractors, suppliers, labour agencies and professional services providers. Our Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects a long-standing commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships, supported by the development and implementation of effective systems and controls.

Our Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Assurance Process

As part of an initiative to identify and mitigate risk in respect of slavery and human trafficking, we have:-

  • Undertaken a slavery and human trafficking risk assessment to enable us to apply a risk-based and proportionate approach to dealing with slavery and human trafficking issues;
  • Developed and agreed our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy based upon our risk assessment;
  • Reviewed the contracts that we have with our supply chain, and amended these to require compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 where appropriate. For those of our supply chain with whom we have entered into a G F Tomlinson Group trading agreement, we have enhanced our audit process to include slavery and human trafficking issues;
  • Mandated, where appropriate, that our supply chain be registered with the Constructionline validation system, which requires our supply chain to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act;
  • Widened the scope of the G F Tomlinson Group’s whistle blowing procedures to include the reporting of modern slavery and human trafficking issues, so that any individual may confidentially raise a potential issue; and
  • Begun implementing targeted training for those involved in procurement and/or with responsibility for supply chain management.

Finally, we are currently developing a third party auditing process for targeted, high risk projects in circumstances where we are procuring directly.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and in our business, we will provide training to our staff that is proportionate to the level of risk.

Developing for the Future

We work within a culture of continuous development and therefore will strive to develop our approach to slaver and human trafficking, to include monitoring and measuring our performance against set performance standards, in order to determine how well we are doing, and to see if our systems and procedures need reviewing.

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for the G F Tomlinson Group and its individual companies within the Group for the financial year ending 31st December 2016.

B. E. Sewards Chairman, G F Tomlinson Group

B. E. Sewards

Chairman, G F Tomlinson Group

For and on behalf of the G F Tomlinson Group and its Group companies.