South Staffordshire Plc – Group Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the South Staffordshire Plc Group’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2016.
The South Staffordshire Plc Group is a highly respected integrated services group of businesses with a regulated water supply company, South Staffs Water (comprising two operational regions, South Staffs and Cambridge) and non-regulated service divisions SSI Services (including Integrated Water Services) and Echo.
Group Commitments and Policy on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
The Group makes a public commitment to act ethically and with integrity in its business relationships and to adopt responsible business practices. The Group has no tolerance to any form of modern slavery or human trafficking and is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its business. As part of this commitment, in the year ended 31 March 2016, the Group has put in place an Anti- Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour Policy to assist its employees and suppliers achieve this aim.
Group Expectations of its Supply Chains
The Group expects, and endeavours to ensure, that organisations within its supply chains also have no tolerance to any form of modern slavery and human trafficking and adopt responsible business practices in respect of reducing the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. The Group expects these organisations to have suitable policies and practices in this area. Contracts for the supply of goods and services to the Group include clauses relating to compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. In the 2016/17 financial year the Group will focus its ongoing work in higher risk areas.
Training of Employees
The Group is currently reviewing its relevant processes which will permit focussed training and guidance to be provided for those with relevant responsibilities to enable them to assess risks, performance and compliance in this area. The Group endeavours to ensure an appropriate level of understanding of its people of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains or in any part of its business through regular communication and training where considered to be appropriate.