Wernick Group Statement on Modern Slavery Act

The Group is committed to maintaining and improving systems and processes to ensure that slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any of its operations or supply chain.

This statement describes the reasonable and practical steps undertaken in order to best ensure the delivery of this commitment.

Pre-qualification of suppliers
All prospective new suppliers go through various pre-qualification checks in order to become an Approved Supplier. Amongst other things these checks request all new suppliers confirm their commitment to ensuring that there are no forms of slavery or human trafficking within their operations.

Supplier Audits
All suppliers are audited an on annual basis requesting up-to-date insurance details and certificates, along with a renewal of their commitment to adhere by the Group’s policies and procedures. The Group will only trade with those suppliers who fully comply with this policy or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.

HR practices
As a nationwide organisation the Group complies with all relevant, local and applicable employment regulations and legislation. The Group’s obligation is to ensure fairness in the selection, hiring and advancement of all employees, both permanent and temporary, without discrimination. All of the Group’s staff have a personal responsibility for maintaining a respectful work atmosphere, free of abusive or unprofessional conduct. Each and every employee is expected to respect other people and treat them with dignity.

Communication
Company policies are communicated to all new staff as part of their induction process. Existing employees access these policies via the Group’s intranet and receive periodic notifications of renewals, updates or amendments.

Internal Audits
All Group operating companies and their locations go through various audits periodically to ensure their continued full compliance with all Group policies, standards and procedures.  The Group will assess any instances of non-compliance and take appropriate remedial action as necessary.

This statement is reviewed and updated as necessary on an annual basis by the Board of Directors.

Simon Doran
Chief Executive – The Wernick Group of Companies

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