Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of human rights. It is constituted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by the offences of ‘slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour’ and ‘human trafficking’.
Simply Plastics Limited (SP) has a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in the business and in the wider supply chain. SP’s business is conducted in a responsible and ethical way and the same standards are expected within the supply chain.
Organisation Structure & Supply Chains
SP is a supplier and fabricator of plastics such as Perspex (acrylic), Polycarbonate, Foam PVC, Dibond and a range of other thermoplastic sheet, rod and tube.
SP purchases over 80% of its products from UK manufacturers. The remaining products are supplied by manufacturers both in Europe and Worldwide.
SP is based solely in the UK at one main site at Commerce Way, Colchester, Essex, UK, CO2 8HH which comprises of 3 factories/warehouses.
This statement reflects SP’s commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. The following processes are in place to ensure modern slavery is not taking place within the supply chains or business and due diligence processes are in place to mitigate risk.
People are SP’s most valuable asset. There is a permanent workforce of over 25 employees together with temporary staff, the number of which varies depending upon business demand. All staff are subject to thorough enquiries carried out by the HR department to ensure that they have a legal right to work in the UK.
SP has zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in the supply chain comply with these values, the business expects suppliers to sign a Modern Slavery Code of Conduct, acknowledging acceptance of SP’s zero tolerance approach.
There have been no concerns raised on issues regarding slavery or human trafficking through the SP HR and Supplier reporting process in the last 12 months.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chains and business, SP provide training to relevant members of staff. All Directors have been briefed on the subject. This training is conducted annually.
Any changes to the laws will be highlighted and discussed during regular management meetings and cascaded as relevant to existing staff members via regular meetings or further training.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes SP’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending May 2023.