Modern Slavery Policy
1. OUR STRUCTURE, BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN
1.1 County Stone Ltd is a stone fabrication company supplying worktops, fireplaces and memorials.
1.2 Our supply chain may include:
- Recruitment agencies
- Suppliers of natural and engineered stone and related consumables
- Professional services from accountants and other advisers
- Office facilities and services
- Facilities management; maintenance and cleaning services
2.1 Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It can take various forms, such as servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking (“modern slavery”), all of which include the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
2.2 County Stone Ltd (the “Company”) has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery within its business and supply chains.
2.3 This policy applies to all persons working for or on behalf of the Company in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers and volunteers, our contractors, external consultants, agencies, third-party representatives, and business partners (“Suppliers”).
2.4 The Company is committed to:
Acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in any of our supply chains.
Ensuring there is transparency in our approach to tackling modern slavery in our business and in our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
2.5 We expect high standards from all our suppliers and, as part of our contracting process, we include specific prohibitions against modern slavery, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
- IDENTIFYING MODERN SLAVERY
3.1 Modern slavery may be found in:
- The business
- Supply chains
- Outsourced activities
3.2 There is no typical victim of modern slavery, and some victims do not understand they have been exploited and that they are entitled to help and support. The following key signs could indicate that someone may be a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking:
- The person is not in possession of their own passport, identification or travel documents
- The person is acting as though they are being instructed or coached by someone else
- The person allows others to speak for them when spoken to directly
- The person is dropped off and collected from work
- The person is withdrawn or appears frightened
- The person does not seem to be able to contact friends or family freely
- The person has limited social interaction or contact with people outside of their immediate environment
The above list is not exhaustive, and the Company is mindful that a person may display a one or more of these indicators without necessarily be a victim of slavery or trafficking.
4. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS POLICY AND COMPLIANCE
4.1 The Directors have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with the Company’s legal and ethical obligations
4.2 All Company employees must comply with this policy
4.3 All Suppliers must comply with this policy
5. REPORTING MODERN SLAVERY
5.1 Anyone associated with the Company has a responsibility to report any incidence or suspicion of modern slavery at the earliest possible opportunity to either a member of the management team or, if they are a client, contractor or supplier, to their County Stone Ltd business contact.
We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains.
6. PUBLICATION OF THIS POLICY
6.1 This policy is available to Company employees on the intranet and to the general public on the Company’s website.
7. BREACHES OF THIS POLICY
7.1 This policy is available to Company employees in the staff handbook and to the general public on the Company’s website
7.2 The Company reserves the right to terminate its relationship with any third party who is in breach of this policy