This statement has been produced in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, section 54(i). It constitutes as the slavery and human trafficking statement of the Myers Group in respect of the financial year ending 30th September 2019.
POLICY ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Myers Group is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships, and to taking appropriate and proportionate steps to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking does not occur in any part of its business or in its supply chains.
We recently launched the ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ which is proactively being communicated to all our suppliers.
MYERS GROUP BUSINESSES
The Myers Group is based in Huddersfield, but operates its other divisions as:
• Myers Building Supplies – Builders Merchants buying and selling building/construction goods, predominately in West Yorkshire
• Readymix Huddersfield – Readymix Concrete Plants throughout West Yorkshire
• Johnsons Wellfield – Extraction of Dimension Sandstone at our Quarry’s based in Huddersfield, with dimension stone saw sheds, crushed aggregates and Inert Landfill
• Myers Skip Hire – Skip Hire with Waste Transfer Station based in Huddersfield
As a distributor of building materials and related products, the key areas of the Group’s operations that may be impacted by this legislation are (1) its supply chain and (2) its employees and any other persons working on its behalf. Set out below are the steps that the Group takes to mitigate risk in these areas.
SUPPLIER AND SUPPLY CHAIN ACTIVITY
A significant proportion of the Group’s purchases (specifically through the builders’ merchants) are sourced directly from suppliers in the UK and Europe, as well as further afield. A large proportion of these purchases are sourced via a buying Group, who proactively engage with the approved suppliers and request they sign up to their own Supplier Code of Conduct. Any purchases made outside of this buying Group are captured through our own Supplier Code of Conduct – This can be found on the Group Website.
Under our terms of trade, the Myers Group requires all its suppliers to comply with our Code of Conduct. Failure to meet these requirements, could result in the termination of any agreements.
RECRUITMENT AND HR
The Group’s policy is to comply fully with the relevant employment laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates.
The Group has in place stringent HR processes and controls to ensure that all employees are assessed for their right to work in the relevant jurisdiction, that workplace equality processes are in place and that wages, benefits and working hours comply with relevant legislation in each jurisdiction.
In order to improve awareness of modern slavery within the business, all employees involved in the purchase of goods and services are aware of our Modern Slavery Statement, as well as the requirement to ensure Suppliers adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
The Group has in place a Whistleblowing policy, which sets out the duty of each Group staff member to report any concern they may have about suspected wrongdoing.
COMPLIANCE WITH THIS POLICY
All Group employees, officers and directors, as well as anyone acting on behalf of the Group or any Group company must comply with this policy. Any Group employee who breaches this policy may face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct.
The Group strives to ensure that its suppliers follow its commitment to ethical conduct, including the Group’s approach to forced and involuntary labour. Where non-compliance is identified, the Group will engage with the relevant supplier and promptly take appropriate action, which may include not appointing or re-appointing the supplier.
Continue to proactively engage with Suppliers to ensure they adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct
We will continue to develop our approach, review our progress and publish an updated statement annually.
31st March 2020