This Ground Construction Limited (GCL) Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (Statement) is made pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and relates to the financial year 2023. This Statement covers the activities of GCL. It sets out the steps GCL has taken prior to, or will take during, the Financial Year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in either any of GCL ’s supply chains or in any part of GCL ‘s business.
GCL's organizational structure, business and supply chains
GCL is a privately owned company who has built a reputation as one of the premier ground works and RC concrete frame contractors in London and the home counties of England. GCL supply chain is primarily comprised of organizations within the UK or Europe. GCL Activities are primarily undertaken in the United Kingdom. GCL UK does not normally operate directly outside UK.
GCL's Policy in relation to slavery and human trafficking
GCL does not permit, condone or otherwise accept any form of slavery and/or human trafficking (as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015) either by its employees, subcontractors, contractors, agents, partners or any other organization, entity, body, business or individual with whom GCL engages or does business. GCL is committed to preventing any form of slavery and/or human trafficking in its activities and to ensure that its Associated Parties are free from any form of slavery and/or human trafficking. In the event that GCL suspects any slavery and human trafficking by an Associated Party, GCL reserves the right to: report such suspicions, provide appropriate information to the relevant authorities, and to suspend or terminate any associated engagement, business arrangement or contract. Each Associated Party is required to: put in place suitable management policies / system(s) for ensuring compliance with the Policy; extend the principles set out in this
Policy to those engaged or acting on the Associated Party’s behalf, including contractors; and to permit GCL to audit its compliance with the Policy, including making records available to GCL to demonstrate compliance with the Policy.
GCL's due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains
To ensure that no slavery or human trafficking is taking place within its supply chain, GCL shall;
The Parts of GCL business at Risk
There may be a risk of slavery and/or human trafficking through organizations with whom GCL contracts for the supply of products or services, or through organizations with whom GCL subcontracts work to or partners with. The appointment of suppliers and subcontractors is subject to careful due diligence to ensure that there is no perceivable risk of slavery and/or human trafficking. GCL engages only with reputable suppliers or parties that do not engage in any form of slavery and/or human trafficking. All such parties are also expected to adhere to GCL Business Conduct Principles, which is incorporated into the process for being appointed as such and/or the relevant contractual relationship. GCL avoids contracting with suppliers or subcontractors which are located within geographical areas where slavery and/or human trafficking are a risk. In the event that GCL contracts with Suppliers or subcontractors outside of the United Kingdom, it shall assess the supplier/subcontractor and the relevant geographic area on a case-by-case basis, undertaking any necessary due diligence in accordance with the paragraph below. The GCL Management shall be responsible for any compliance matters set out in this Statement and Policy, for ensuring due diligence and for undertaking audits. The GCL HR Team is responsible for ownership of this Statement and Policy, including ensuring that it is up-to-date.
GCL's Effectiveness & Measures
The effectiveness of ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in GCL's business or supply chains shall be assessed by application of the following key performance indicators;
GCL can provide awareness training about anti-slavery and human trafficking to its staff
This statement has been approved by the GCL board of directors.
Mr Trevor Diviney
Position: Executive Chairman
Date: 9th January 2023