Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
Panther Warehousing Limited
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) focuses specifically on the issue of modern slavery to ensure offenders are suitably reprimanded with severe sentences. Modern slavery encompasses the offences of: ‘slavery’ where ownership is exercised over a person; ‘servitude’ which involves the obligation to provide service imposed by coercion; ‘forced or compulsory labour’ involves work or service exacted from any person under the menace of a penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily; and ‘human trafficking’ concerns arranging or facilitating the travel of another with a view to exploiting them.
The MSA 2015 requires large businesses, with sales of over £36 million, to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking. This statement therefore explains the steps we are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of our supply chains or any part of our business.
Our Organisational Structure and Supply Chain
Established in 1989, Panther Warehousing is a provider of two man delivery and collection services within the logistics sector. The Company employs over 1,300 people across our Head Office and the depots which are located throughout the UK.
Panther’s workforce consists of a combination of employed and agency staff depending on local labour conditions and demands. The depots have good relationships with the agencies that supply labour to the Company, as well as a robust on boarding process for employees, and those that transition from agency to permanent employees.
All suppliers of goods and services to Panther must comply with all relevant legislation and standards as relevant to their industry, including, human rights, bribery and anti-corruption and health and safety.
Our Policies and Procedures
We already have various employment policies in place internally which are available to all staff. These are reviewed annually by our legal advisers to ensure we remain compliant and can be accessed by third parties upon request.
In particular, our Grievance and Whistleblowing Policies provide a clear procedure for raising any matters of concern in absolute confidence. We also operate a Dignity at Work Policy which establishes an underlying obligation upon all staff to treat others with respect and courtesy and to again, report any matters of concern in confidence.
We allow all individuals who work or provide services to us the right to freely choose employment and, the right to associate freely with other individuals. Workers are free to choose whether to join a trade union or not and as a result of our training, we offer an environment which is free from harassment and unlawful discrimination. We ensure our working practices are in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and all employment legislation. We do not engage in forced or involuntary labour and have a zero tolerance approach to the same, meaning we do not tolerate any of our suppliers engaging in such conduct.
Our overall aim is to work with our colleagues and suppliers to promote a collaborative approach to remedy or mitigate all slavery and human trafficking risks. Ultimately, if we are not satisfied with the measures taken by a customer or supplier, we reserve the right to exclude any such company from our supply chain.
Key Priorities for 2019
- Posters and information cards will be sent to all sites to display in communal areas where both employees and workers can have access to the information. These materials will be available in different languages in recognition of our diverse workforce;
- On 30th July 2019, World Day Against Trafficking a special briefing will take place to remind employees of the signs to look out for, and what to do if they suspect trafficking;
- Information and contact numbers shall be displayed on the Company HR system, which all employees have access to;
- A session is to be planned at the next Senior Leadership Meeting so Managers are better equipped to answer any questions on Modern Slavery and are clear on the signs to look out for;
- Specific focus and analysis will be undertaken in conjunction with our labour suppliers to ensure their anti-slavery processes are robust;
- Up-weighted reporting procedures to be included in due diligence when the Company goes to tender, acquires a new business or enters into a contract with a third party; and,
- The Company will sign up to Stronger Together to receive up to date information on Modern
Slavery and use reports and upskilling with teams as necessary.
Dated 6th June 2019