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Modern Slavery Statement

Modern slavery is a complex, harmful, and largely hidden crime. This policy statement sets out the approach DGP Plc (DGP) takes to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place within our business or within our supply chain.

1.0 Organisational Structure

DGP is a company working within the construction industry based in the United Kingdom with the Head Office based in Station Yard, Station Road, Southfleet, Kent, DA13 9PA. DGP Logistics is controlled by a Board of Directors and operates on multiple sites within the United Kingdom including London and the Southeast, Midlands and North, Wales and Southwest.

2.0 Definitions

Modern slavery is used as an umbrella term that covers several different forms of exploitation which can include:

  • Human trafficking;
  • Forced work, through mental or physical threat;
  • Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
  • Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property;
  • Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.

3.0 Commitment

DGP acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. DGP understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.

DGP does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. DGP strictly adheres to the standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.

4.0 Supply Chains

Integrity is one of our core values and we are committed to being a responsible business, upholding high ethical standards, and with an expectation of the same from our supply chain. The performance of subcontractors and suppliers is reviewed on the completion of each contract and at least annually. The results of reviews will be logged on the Supplier Database to analyse trends and measure performance.

5.0 Potential Exposure

The Global Slavery Index provides significant evidence that labour abuse risks could be present in the construction industry and the associated supply chains. DGP has identified the following areas of its business where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place:

  • the procurement and management of labour
  • the procurement and management of goods and services
  • pressure on delivery teams could lead to missing vital signs and checks
  • variability in labour demand and associated job insecurity
  • unskilled migrant workers who may not be initially detected as such

6.0 Steps

DGP carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.

DGP has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery, and in the past year has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:

  • Reviewing supplier contracts to include termination powers in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery.
  • Putting in place measures in place to identify and assess the potential risks in its supply chains which will include carrying out audits to monitor and assess the risks of modern slavery.
  • Proactively informing employees and supply chain of the risks of modern slavery and how to identify them.
  • Ensuring that working conditions, working hours, payment and benefits comply with applicable national and local laws and relevant UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), conventions.
  • Creating action plans to address risk to modern slavery.

7.0 Key Performance Indicators

DGP has set the following key performance indicators to measure its effectiveness in ensuring modern slavery is not taking place in the Organisation or its supply chains.

  • Completion of PQQs for all supply chain
  • Awareness training for all employees
  • Colleague Reviews
  • Internal & External Audits

8.0 Policies

Among its policies, DGP has the following policies which further define its stance on modern slavery.

  • Employee Handbook
  • Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development Policy and Procedure
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Ethical Policy
  • Right to Work
  • Corporate Responsibility Policy

9.0 Training

DGP provides the following training to staff to effectively implement its stance on modern slavery.

  • Induction Training
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Modern Slavery Awareness
  • Fraud and Bribery Awareness
  • GDPA Data Protection

10.0 Slavery Compliance Officer

DGP has a Modern Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to DGP’s obligations in this regard.

This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.

Signed: Date: January 2024

SS Dhesi