SMC Motor Group (further referred to as SMC in this document) is committed to improving our practices to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking of any kind within its own business and supply chains. SMC’s primary protection against slavery is to ensure that all business activity complies with minimum wage legislation. SMC also requires this of its contractors.
SMC’s first line of defence against human trafficking is to ensure that all SMC’s employees have the right to work in the UK. SMC also requires that UK contractors only employ staff with the right to work in the UK.
Due to the breadth of its businesses and supply chains SMC is not in a position to check every business relationship and avenue. The principal areas at higher risk of human trafficking and slavery are those related to our supply chains, in particular Cleaning services, Valeting and Uniform suppliers.
SMC sources and sells products and parts from a broad range of national and international suppliers. Our supplier and contractor approval process incorporates a review of the controls being undertaken by the supplier. To ensure that external supply chains comply with this policy SMC requires that the business practices and supply chains of each supplier are in accordance with SMC’s principles and monitors compliance by suitable levels of due diligence according to the level of risk which SMC assesses of the potential for human trafficking and/or modern slavery.
Any instances of non-compliance of which SMC is made aware will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Remedial action will be taken and tailored to suit the circumstances. SMC will only trade with those who fully comply with this statement or those who are taking steps towards full compliance. If SMC is not satisfied with the steps being taken towards full compliance, it will temporarily suspend its business with that supplier (to the extent permitted under contract or by law). The ultimate sanction for the continual failure to comply will be for SMC to cease to trade with that supplier (to the extent as permitted under contract or by law).
SMC will quickly and thoroughly investigate any claim or indication that any area of its business or supply chains is engaging in human trafficking or slave labour.
Any such claim coming to the attention of personnel within SMC should be reported to senior management. The board of directors will be informed of the issue including the findings and outcome of the investigation.
This statement has been approved by the board of directors of SMC, on 4th May 2023 which will be reviewed and updated as necessary on an annual basis.
James Kimber, Managing Director of SMC Motor Group
Last Reviewed, financial year end: 31st March 2023