Modern Slavery Act Statement 2020/2021
This statement is made on behalf of Slater and Gordon UK Holdings Limited (“the company”) pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) and constitutes our Modern Slavery Statement.
Slater and Gordon have produced a parent company statement setting out how we will prevent modern slavery in our qualifying companies (detailed below) together with all other Group companies which will follow the same principles. A Group wide approach has been adopted to pro-actively manage and prevent modern slavery.
We are committed to identifying and understanding modern slavery risks and to ensuring the prevention of modern slavery practices across the Group and its various supply chains. We will ensure that all employees, agents, consultants, suppliers, and any other parties associated with the Group will be safeguarded, treated fairly and with dignity.
Slater and Gordon comprise a number of separately constituted and regulated legal entities providing legal, motor, health and financial planning services in England, Wales, and Malta.
The end of the last financial year for all Group companies was December 2019 and within the Group structure the legal services and motor claims businesses met the qualifying criteria under the Act.
Slater and Gordon UK Limited (07931918) (“SGL”) is a law firm regulated and authorised by the SRA to provide legal services and was a qualifying company under the Act.
SGS Business Process Services (UK) Limited (03851175) (“Motor”) provides and manages motor claims for insurance companies, brokers, body shops and fleet companies across the UK. It also assists customers in securing car hire and repair services as part of insurance claims.
Areas of risk and our approach
Our principle areas of risk across the Group are people supply chains and recruitment through agencies.
At Slater and Gordon, we are in the process of establishing systems and controls to enable effective management of all supplier relationships. This is a key area for continuous improvement and forms part of an executive sponsored Group improvement project.
Our Group wide Anti-Slavery Policy has been updated in 2020 to embed our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and to reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
All colleagues within the Group are responsible for the detection and reporting of any modern slavery practices. Modern slavery awareness training is embedded into our induction process for new starting colleagues and is updated during the course of the year to other colleagues.
Specific modern slavery awareness training is provided to those colleagues directly involved in the management of supply chains or the procurement of supplier services to ensure they have the requisite tools and knowledge to deal with any identified concerns.
Concerns or suspicions are to be reported either to the Group’s Data & Assurance team or Human Resources team using our new dedicated online portal, or by using our Whistleblowing Policy and Whistleblowing Procedure.
The recruitment of new colleagues into the group uses reputable recruitment agencies with a thorough verification of such agencies prior to their addition to our approved list of agencies.
This is our second Group statement. The previous statement also covered the same qualifying Group entities.
The main activities over the preceding period has been the continuing review of supply chains to include specific procedures and protocols for the verification of new suppliers into Group businesses, which allows for enhanced risk management and robust control over supplier onboarding and performance management.
Where applicable new supply contracts entered into by the business will include modern slavery provisions, which will be used to evaluate risks and supplier performance issues to identify high risk areas.
Delivery of these systems and controls rests with our Procurement and Human Resources teams. The Procurement team include members of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply which support the requisite skills and knowledge to build best practice procurement standards which are sustainable and ethical across the Group.
The Modern Slavery Statement has been approved by the Board of Directors who will review and update it regularly.