MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015
STATEMENT 2021

Introduction

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a UK Act of Parliament designed to tackle slavery and human trafficking through the consolidation of previous legislation and the introduction of new measures. Specifically it introduces new requirements for organisations in regards to their business and supply chains.

This Statement applies to both Go Plant Limited and Go Plant Fleet Services Ltd (hereinafter referred to as “Go Plant”).

Overview

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Go Plant has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and it is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in its business or in its supply chains.

Go Plant are committed to ensuring there is transparency in its own business and in its approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with its disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

This Statement applies to all staff, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, apprentices, agents, suppliers, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Responsibility

Go Plant’s Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for ensuring this Statement complies with its legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.

Go Plant’s Directors have primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this Statement, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this Statement and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.

Compliance

Go Plant is committed to ensuring there is transparency within its business and in its approach to tackling modern slavery through its supply chains. Go Plant expects the same high standard of all its contractors, suppliers, customers and other business partners, and it regularly reviews and updates its contracting processes to include prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude whether adults or children. Go Plant expects its suppliers to hold their sub-contractors to the same high standards.

Whilst recognising Go Plant’s statutory obligations to set out the steps it has taken to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in its supply chains, Go Plant acknowledge that it does do not control the conduct of individuals and organisations in its supply chains. To underpin its compliance with practical steps, Go Plant will implement the following measures:

a)     conduct risk assessments to determine which parts of the business and which suppliers and other business partners are most at risk of modern slavery so that efforts can be focussed on those areas;
b)     engage with suppliers and other business partners to explain to them this Statement and to understand what measures have been taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their business;
c)     contractual provisions for suppliers to confirm their adherence to this Statement, to require them to report instances of suspected or actual breaches of the Statement and accept Go Plant’s right to audit their activities both routinely and at times of reasonable suspicion;
d)     develop and report on relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in relation to this Statement.

All employees have an obligation to familiarise themselves with our procedures to assist in the identification and prevention of modern slavery and to conduct business in a manner such that the opportunity or incidence of modern slavery is prevented.

Employees are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this Statement. Employees must notify their line manager or Director as soon as possible if they believe or suspect that a conflict with this Statement has occurred or may occur in the future.

Employees are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of Go Plant’s business or supply chains at the earliest possible stage.

Communication and Awareness

Training on this Statement, and on the risk Go Plant faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all employees, and refresher briefings and updates will be provided using established methods of communication as and when required.

Go Plant’s zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners at the outset of its business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.

Breaches

If an employee believes or suspects a breach of this Statement has occurred or that it may occur, they must notify their line manager or Director immediately or report it in accordance with Go Plant’s Whistleblowing Policy .

Any employee who breaches this Statement will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct.

Go Plant’s Suppliers, contractors, customers and other business partners who breach this Statement will face action being taken by Go Plant under their contracts which could lead to immediate termination.

Review

This Statement will be reviewed by its board of directors on a regular basis (at least annually) and may be amended from time to time.

 

Graham Hale

Chief Executive

6th July 2021