Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
This statement applies to all companies within and associated to International Water Solutions Ltd. (referred to in this statement as ‘IWS’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year ending 2020.
IWS is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of people around the world and takes the issue of Modern Slavery very seriously. We have created this statement to show the steps we have taken to ensure we tackle the issue of Modern Slavery and identify any slavery within our supply chain and business.
Any questions regarding our Modern Slavery Statement can be sent to email@example.com.
Business and supply chain
We are a water solutions company based in the UK. We are headquartered in Romford, a town located in east London, and we sell our products worldwide. We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.
In order to fulfil its activities, IWS’s main supply chains include those related to:
- Sourcing raw materials including chemical components from UK based companies
- Buying parts and equipment’s such as pumps, filters, and other raw materials from UK based companies
We conduct a risk assessment of our supply chain by considering:
- The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
- The business services rendered by the suppliers
- The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
- A news analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups
We also identify the extent of any slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains by:
- Reviewing supplier documentation and Modern Slavery Statements and undertaking due diligence during any procurement process.
- Not working with third party suppliers and partners that are unable to produce a Modern Slavery Statement or who are not working actively to minimise slavery from their entire supply line.
IWS operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
- Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of whistle-blowers.
- Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
- Purchasing Code - we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.
Our biggest exposure to Modern Slavery is in our supply chains. IWS conducts due diligence checks on all new suppliers and factories/sites in the form of ethical/compliance audits. This includes:
- Assessing risks in the provision of services
- Auditing the suppliers, their health and safety standards, labour relations, and employee contracts
- Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements
We require all suppliers to attest that:
- They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour
- Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work
- They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment
- They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons
- They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment
Such audits are also regularly conducted for existing suppliers and factories/sites. These audits assess compliance with the Global Sourcing Principles and are, amongst other things, intended to identify any Modern Slavery practices. If issues are identified, appropriate investigative and remedial actions will be taken.
Key performance indicators
IWS has set the following key performance indicators to measure its effectiveness in ensuring Modern Slavery is not taking place in the group or its supply chains:
- All employees are made aware of the Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
- All suppliers are required to complete a questionnaire both at the commencement of the contract and annually thereafter
- Reviewing staff training levels
- Reviewing number of slavery incidents reported in the supply chain
Awareness and training
IWS provides induction training which includes awareness of this statement and our policies. We will ensure all new and existing staff undergo staff training on an annual basis as to the impact of Modern Slavery which covers:
- The various forms of Modern Slavery
- How employees can identify the signs of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
- How employees should respond if they suspect Slavery or Human Trafficking
- Processes employees need to follow to notify and act
Changes to this Modern Slavery Statement