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Modern Slavery Statement

Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd
Modern Slavery Statement – 2017 Financial Year Overview

At Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd, we are aware that The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires organisations supplying goods or services which turnover in excess of £36 million to prepare and publish a statement of our position in relation to ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking’, including what actions we take to reduce the risk that modern slavery exists in our company and supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our Structure and Supply Chains

Burton Roofing Merchants Limited is a construction supplier specialising in distributing roofing materials worldwide, although predominately in the UK. Turnover in the 2016 financial year was in excess of £52.5 million and we currently employ 165 people. We purchased goods and services from 745 different suppliers in 2016, spending over £44m.

Our Procedures

We review our internal procedures and our supplier database on an annual basis to reduce the risk of the presence of modern slavery as well as working with new suppliers to satisfy ourselves that there is no modern slavery in their supply chains.

Internal

At Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd we have the following procedures in place to ensure that modern slavery does not occur within the company:

  • We have a robust recruitment process in line with UK employment laws which includes checking that new recruits are eligible to work in the UK and we issue contracts of employment to all employees.
  • We offer competitive rates of pay that adhere to UK minimum wage levels, as well as offering other perks to employees including an annual bonus scheme and company pension scheme.
  • We are in the process of introducing a revised Career Development Review programme offering employees an opportunity to voice any concerns that they have with their development, and to request additional responsibility and training giving them a voice to express any concerns about the presence of modern slavery within our depots.
  • Employee Training: We recognise that as the Directors of the company, it is often our employees that are in a better position to identify the signs of modern slavery. As a result of this, we are in the process of preparing a briefing document to be circulated to employees containing links to www.modernslavery.co.uk to encourage them to look for the signs of modern slavery.

We will encourage employees to report any possible instances of modern slavery to the Board of Directors, and the relevant authorities.

External

We recognise that it is a greater challenge to ensure that our supply chain is free from modern slavery, and so we review the profile of our suppliers and purchases on an annual basis to determine what level of risk there is that modern slavery exists in our supply chain. As a board we then discuss what actions we can take to mitigate any risk.

2016 Analysis of Supplier Database
Location of suppliers:

In 2016, 84% of our purchases were made from suppliers in the UK. Most of the remaining 16% of purchases were from suppliers based in developed European countries that we consider to be a low risk of having involvement in modern slavery.
We have identified two locations that we purchase from that presents a higher risk of modern slavery being present:

  • 0.5% of our purchases were from a company in Brazil, a country which we consider to have a higher risk of involvement with modern slavery, however, this company is a subsidiary of our parent company, and we are satisfied that it operates with the same values as all of the companies in our group, and do not see this as a risk
  • 0.02% of our purchases were from China, a country that we believe represents a higher risk of the presence of modern slavery. Our purchases from China are from one supplier, and we intend to contact this supplier seeking assurances that their standards with regards to modern slavery are in line with Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd. In the event that we don’t receive the required assurances, we will consider seeking alternative suppliers.

From the above analysis of supplier locations, we are satisfied that our suppliers represent a low level of risk of being involved in modern slavery as the countries in which they are resident have similar anti-slavery laws to those in the UK.

To further satisfy ourselves that our supply chain is free from modern slavery, we also analysed the size of the companies that supply us in order to determine whether they are likely to be bound by the Modern Slavery Act of 2015. We consider it likely that all suppliers that we spend over £200,000 during in a year are likely to have a high turnover, meaning that they would be expected to complete their own analysis of their supply chain.

In 2016, 83% of our purchases were from suppliers with which we spend at least £200,000 per year. This gives us confidence that this 83% should be evaluating the likelihood that their own supply chain is impacted by modern slavery.

Appointment of new suppliers

With immediate effect, we will write to all new suppliers within 1 month of beginning trading with them explaining Burton Roofing Merchants has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, along with where they can find more information about the Act, and a statement confirming that should we be made aware of any breach of the Act by a supplier, we will terminate our relationship with the supplier.

Summary

We are satisfied that there is a low risk of our supply chain having connections with modern slavery currently. We will repeat this analysis on an annual basis, and should we become aware of any suppliers being involved in modern slavery, we will work with the supplier to change their policy. If this is not possible, we will do everything in our power to terminate all agreements with the supplier.

This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of Burton Roofing Merchants Ltd