MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement applies to Forestrall Limited (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2021-2022.
B) ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
The Organisation’s office is located in Bean near Dartford in the United Kingdom, from which all employees work. The Organisation is controlled by a Board of Directors.
The main activity carried out by the Organisation is the purchase and sale of machined timber and wood products, in addition to sawmilling. The Organisation performs the sale of the aforementioned goods both in-store and via its website/online shops. Demand for our products is usually higher during the spring and summer months.
The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out in Bean near Dartford.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
Forced work, through mental or physical threat;
Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property;
Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.
E) SUPPLY CHAINS
In order to fulfil its activities, the Organisation’s main supply chains include those related to the supply of timber goods from various suppliers in the United Kingdom.
We understand that the Organisation’s first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contractual relationships with lower-tier suppliers.
F) POTENTIAL EXPOSURE
The Organisation considers its exposure to modern slavery to be relatively limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.
In the operation of its business, the Organisation’s main supply chains are those related to the provision of timber goods. The Organisation considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist in its supply chains.
G) IMPACT OF COVID-19
During the reporting period covered by this statement, the COVID-19 pandemic had taken hold. For several months, the UK was placed into lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. This created several challenges for the Organisation, as it did for others across the nation.
The Organisation concludes that the COVID-19 pandemic did not adjust the risk of modern slavery to a level above that which existed before the pandemic, which is as set out under ‘POTENTIAL EXPOSURE’ above.
Its use of suppliers did not increase and usual suppliers were used, albeit goods were supplied at a higher price and with longer lead times.
Several of the Organisation’s employees were placed on furlough as a result of the temporary closure of the premises, meaning there were no additional temporary labour needs.
During the pandemic, the Organisation’s employees still had access to the grievance procedure to raise any concerns that they may have had.
In line with emergency legislation passed by the Government, the Organisation’s employees have been paid Statutory Sick Pay during periods of self-isolation where it has not been possible to agree a temporary period of homeworking.
The Organisation’s modern slavery risks were subject to the same monitoring procedures during the pandemic as at all other times.
The Organisation carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Organisation has contacted (or attempted to contact) all first tier suppliers to set out our zero tolerance stance on modern slavery and to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place.
The Organisation has taken action to monitor reports of modern slavery and cross references such reports with our first tier supply chain. The Organisation will seek to discontinue business with any first tier supplier found by the enforcement authorities to be involved in modern slavery.
The Organisation encourages use of its whistleblowing policy to report any concerns regarding modern slavery and will investigate any complaints thoroughly.
I) KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
To ensure effectiveness in combatting modern slavery, the Organisation maintains an accurate supplier list including contact details. It will ensure action is taken in response to reports of modern slavery in its supply chains and any complaints made via the whistleblowing policy will be responded to in accordance with the policy.
Following a review undertaken for the Organisation’s statement of the previous financial year, the Organisation confirms its supplier list is up to date for the current financial year.
As in the previous financial year, there have been no reports that any of the Organisation’s suppliers have been involved in activities covered by the Modern Slavery Act.
The Organisation has the following policies which further define its stance on modern slavery: Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Policy; Whistleblowing Policy; and Modern Slavery Policy.
Upon commencement of employment, all employees undergo a structured induction process. All employees are made aware of the Organisation’s policies relating to standards of behaviour that it requires from them. The Organisation also provides training on awareness of modern slavery to those within the Organisation who have been identified as having responsibilities in this regard, namely those involved in finance and procurement. The Organisation ensures that annual update training is provided.
L) SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
The Organisation has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Organisation obligations in this regard.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
Date of approval 1.10.21
Signed C Porcas