Modern Slavery Statement
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Metro Shipping’s Financial Year End is 31/03/2021 and this statement covers the period 01/04/2020 – 31/03/2021.
Metro Shipping are at the cutting edge of global supply chain solutions. We are engaged in the complete range of logistics services in a number of key verticals including but not limited to automotive, retail, foodstuffs, chemicals and projects. Metro operates to the highest industry standards and this can be recognised by the various accreditations we hold including but not limited to ISO9001, ISO14001 and AEOF.
At the foundation of our business are ethical underpinnings which govern the way in which we operate. We are an environmentally conscious business as indicated by our ISO14001 accreditation. Due to the size of our company and the continuous growth since inception in 1980 we feel it is important that we endeavour to minimise the impact we have on the environment through the implementation of an Environmental Management System. It is therefore unsurprising that we take a zero-tolerance approach toward modern slavery and human trafficking as such acts are a gross violation of fundamental human rights. We have a number of due diligence procedures in place to ensure that our ethical standards are met by our on business as well as our suppliers & partners.
Our Supply Chains and Supplier Adherence To Our Values
Over the last 40 years, we have developed strong relationships with our suppliers and continue to build and develop new and existing relationships to our mutual benefit. To date no instances or indicators of modern slavery have been recorded or found in our business and we continue to drive our high standards throughout our business and our supply chain. As a global company we transact in a large number of companies and ensure this area is covered in the due diligence we perform as a company. New suppliers are risk assessed and asked to complete a Quality Assurance Questionnaire which helps us to establish their compliance in respect of this matter thus minimising, or even eliminating the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chain.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our supply chain or in any part of our business by upholding the highest level of ethical standards .We strongly support the government’s objectives to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. We seek to only use suppliers once we are satisfied that they meet a certain standard on our Quality Assurance Questionnaire.
Due Diligence Process for Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas when taking on new suppliers through the implementation of our Quality Assurance Questionnaire.
- In turn this mitigates the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Continuously monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
Key Performance Indicators
We review a variety of key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure that they are improving or to detect any issues that need to be addressed. As a result, we have taken steps to ensure that there are no breaches of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking within the company or our 3rd party suppliers.
To date, there is no indication from employees, the public or Law enforcements agencies that Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking is present within any of our relationships, associated companies or suppliers.
Risk Assessment and Exposure
Given all of the above, we consider our exposure to the risk of slavery/human trafficking to be minimal, however, we have taken all necessary steps both internally and with those we have dealings with externally to ensure such practices do not take place.
We do not employ any temporary or agency staff and all employees go through mandatory training in this area as set our below.
Training and Awareness
In order to ensure all our staff are aware of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, training has been incorporated into our induction programme. This training forms a mandatory element of our induction and requires formal sign-off upon completion.
The training we provide covers the following:
- The basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
- The risks of slavery and human trafficking within the business and supply chains;
- The steps that should be taken if any slavery or human trafficking is suspected
Training will be reviewed and refreshed annually.
In addition to the above, our modern slavery and human trafficking statement is available for all of our staff to view in MIKI- company intranet. Moreover it is published on our company website at www.metroshipping.co.uk.