The Modern Slavery Act of 2015 requires certain businesses to provide disclosure concerning their efforts, if any, to address the issues of slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. The disclosures are intended to provide clients with the ability to make better, more informed choices about the companies that they engage and with which they work.
Designer M & E Services UK Limited are committed to maintaining and improving its systems and procedures to ensure that there is no complicity in human rights violations in its operations and those of its supply chain.
Designer M & E Services UK Limited recognises that slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms. Therefore, throughout this statement the terms “slavery and human trafficking” are intended to encompass all forms of coerced labour.
2. COMPANY ORGANISATION AND STRUCTURE
The company is an industry leader in building services and provides a complete range of services including design, installation and maintenance to all sectors of industry and commerce. It is the largest of five companies comprising Designer Group Engineering Contractors Holdings DAC, which has its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Designer Group M & E Services UK Limited has an annual turnover in excess of £36 million.
3. OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Designer Group UK’s operations fall within the United Kingdom and its supply chain provides materials and sub-contract labour to the company’s various projects. The company takes all possible steps to verify, evaluate and address risks of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. Responsibility for ensuring that this happens is held at Director level by the Commercial Director and Managing Director.
4. DUE DILLIGENCE PROCESS
There is an ongoing commitment to engage only those suppliers that uphold the same principles as Designer Group. The company’s verification process involves an assessment of our suppliers, who are required to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, including questions targeted at slavery and human trafficking risk.
Designer Group uses this questionnaire to determine the risk profile of suppliers with regard to environmental factors, ethical trading and sustainable procurement, health and safety, quality, bribery and corruption, equality and diversity, slavery and human trafficking. The company engages in regular audits as part of the overall supply chain management process.
Where possible the company builds long-standing relationships with its suppliers. Designer Group makes clear its expectations of ethical business behaviour in all supplier relationships.
Designer Group encourages anyone, including its employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and clients, to report in good faith any issues or concerns about potential ethical, human rights, legal or regulatory violations. This approach is explicit in the company’s policies and procedures on Anti-Bullying and Harassment, Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption, Equality and Diversity and in the company’s Whistle Blowing policy and procedure.
In order to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, as well as other legal requirements we provide training to relevant employees. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.