Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Slavery Statement

Metro Shipping’s Financial Year End is 31/12/2021, and this statement covers the period 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021.

Metro Shipping is at the cutting edge of global supply chain solutions. We are engaged in the complete range of logistics services in several key verticals, including but not limited to automotive, retail, foodstuffs, chemicals, and projects. Metro operates to the highest industry standards, which 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 that govern how we operate. We are an environmentally conscious business, as indicated by our ISO14001 accreditation. Due to the size of our company and its continuous growth since its 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. Therefore, it is 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 several due diligence procedures in place to ensure that our ethical standards are met by our business and 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 building and developing 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. We continue to drive our high standards throughout our business and supply chain. As a global company, we transact with many 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 establish their compliance in respect of this matter, thus minimising or 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 do not occur in our supply chain or any part of our business by upholding the highest ethical standards. We strongly support the government’s objectives to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. We seek only to use suppliers once 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 by implementing 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 no breaches of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking within the company or our 3rd party suppliers.

There is no indication from employees, the public or Law enforcement agencies that Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking is present within any of our relationships, associated companies or suppliers.

Key Performance Indicators

Given all 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 occur.

We do not employ any temporary or agency staff, and all employees go through mandatory training in this area as set below.

Risk Assessment and Exposure

Given all 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 occur.

We do not employ any temporary or agency staff, and all employees go through mandatory training in this area as set below.

Training and Awareness

Training has been incorporated into our induction programme to ensure all our staff are aware of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking. This training forms a mandatory element of our induction and requires formal sign-off upon completion.

We provide training that 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 are available for all our staff to view on our company intranet. Moreover, it is published on our company website at www.metroshipping.co.uk.