Modern Slavery

Corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion are at the core of Simons. We believe it is the perspective that keeps us in check and sets us apart from competitors.
 

CR

Why is CR important to us?

Why is CR important to us?

Corporate responsibility highlights why people want to work for us and why our customers continue to want to work with us. We know what is truly important to our people and our communities and we go the extra mile to help make a difference.

The company values are held dear by each of our employees and act as the benchmarks for our corporate responsibility. These actions bring the different company units together in a way that is both holistic for the company and strategically beneficial to the business, making sure that we have the best people striving to be the best they can be and deliver the best service to our audiences.

Modern Slavery: What is it?

Modern Slavery: What is it?

Modern Slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world. It is a global problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicities, including here in the UK and it’s impor­tant that we bring this hidden crime into the open.

With the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act, we will be required to produce and publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. We have a duty to outline our business structure and supply chains; implement policies, procedures and mechanisms for due diligence, identify areas of the business and supply chain that are a risk of slavery and human trafficking. As this act affects all organisations regardless of size and turnover we ask that you famil­iarise yourself with the Act. We will be revising our Suppliers Code of Conduct to reflect the requirements, and also offering additional training and guidance.

Simons Group’s position on Modern Slavery

Simons Group’s position on Modern Slavery

Simons Group is committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within its workforce, or supply chain.

OUR STRUCTURE

Simons Group has been providing tailored property solutions to its clients for over seven decades, focusing on retail and commercial, health and pharmaceutical, and industrial and distribution. A private company employing more than 200 people throughout the UK, Simons key business units – Simons Developments, Simons Design and Simons Construction - collectively target an annual turnover in excess of £150 million. The Group is focussed on building long-term, sustainable partnerships with stakeholders including customers, consultants and supply chain.

This statement is made on behalf of Simons Group and the individual group companies referred to above in accordance with the requirements of the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015.

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

Our supply chain includes:

  • Trade and labour agencies
  • Demolition contractors
  • Groundworker contractors
  • Mechanical and electrical contractors
  • Painting and decorating contractors
  • Joinery contractors
  • Masonry contractors
  • Cleaning contractors

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure slavery or human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chain.

OUR PROCESSES

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have implemented a number of processes to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that our workforce and supply chain adhere to our expectations. We have:

  • Identified and assessed potential risk areas within our supply chain and clearly communicated our statement, policy and expectations to our supply chain. We have and will continue to highlight the importance of tackling and combating the threat of human trafficking and modern day slavery across the construction industry
  • Mandated, for select trades, accreditation with Achilles Building Confidence who are an independent 3rd party construction industry accreditation provider
  • Revised our Supply Chain Code of Conduct which forms part of our internal supplier PQQ validation process
  • Carried out internal audits, interviewing our employees and labour
  • Continually reviewed our recruitment process to ensure it is fair and transparent, and that candidates are robustly vetted and their identities verified.
  • Communicated our internal code of conduct anonymous whistleblowing hotline, and external whistleblowing methods.

OUR TRAINING

We provide training to our staff to ensure high levels of understanding around the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain.

OUR FUTURE STEPS

We will continually review our approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, and will develop a process which enables us to monitor and measure our performance. This performance measure will then form part of our annual CSR report.

This statement is made pursuant of Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and sets out the steps Simons Group has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our business, or any part of our supply chain.

Tom Robinson, Cheif Executive

For and on behalf of Simons Group Limited and its Group companies

October 2016

Right to Work in the UK Check

Right to Work in the UK Check

Simons Group Suppliers are frequently reminded of their obligations to check that all job applicants (including existing em­ployees) are allowed to work in the UK before employing anyone.

Other checks:
Companies must see the applicant’s original documents
Companies must check that the documents are valid with the applicant present.
Companies must make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check.

You could face a civil penalty if you employ an illegal worker and haven’t carried out a correct right to work check.

We have created a checklist to assist with this. If you would like a copy, please get in touch.

Any questions?

Any questions?

If you suspect slavery is happening and there is no immediate threat to life, you can report it by calling the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

If you think a person is in immediate danger; report it - call the police on 999.

If you have any concerns, would like more information regarding our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act, or should you require our assistance in any way, please get in touch:

Michelle Page
Head of HR
E: michelle_page@simonsgroup.com

Kevin Lomas
Supply Chain Manager
E:kevin_lomas@simonsgroup.com

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