This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and sets out the steps that The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd (the Company) have taken and will be taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business.
The Company is committed to running its business responsibly, striving to maintain high ethical principles and having respect for human rights. One of our core values is to behave, and to be recognised as a good citizen in the communities in which our business operates. As part of this value we are aware of our legal and moral obligations towards combatting forced, bonded or compulsory labour, human trafficking and other kinds of slavery and are committed to monitoring and improving our practices in this area on an ongoing basis.
The Company does not knowingly conduct business with individuals, agencies or companies that conduct, support, condone or facilitate human trafficking or slavery.
The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd was founded by George Edmund Lodge in August 1935, selling car tyres and accessories to what was then an emerging market. From these small beginnings the business has grown into one of the largest independent tyre service provider in the UK, servicing both the commercial and retail markets from our extensive depot network throughout the Midlands, North West, North East and East Anglia. Our extensive service provision is conducted from a fleet of over two hundred and fifty fully equipped service vans, offering a complete tyre management service including mobile fleet support, 24 hour breakdown assistance and commercial wheel alignment. At present there are 400 people employed throughout the Company, with a turnover of £50 million in 2017.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed throughout the group to high standards of corporate governance which we consider are critical to business integrity and to maintaining investors’ trust in us. We expect all of our directors, employees and suppliers to act with honesty, integrity and fairness. Our business principles set out the standards we set ourselves to ensure we operate lawfully, with integrity and with respect for others. As part of this commitment, we are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We fully acknowledge our responsibility to respect human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and we are also committed to implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Rights throughout our operations.
Our supply chain
Our Company sources a wide range of goods and services from suppliers based both in the UK and overseas. In all of our dealings with those suppliers we strive to ensure that the highest ethical standards are reached at all times. As part of our tendering process, we require our suppliers to support and demonstrate our values, which is an essential component of our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Employees and training
All new employees are subject to pre-employment checks to confirm their identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to their starting work within the Company. Information is provided to all employees on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to by virtue of their employment. We pay all our employees at least the living or minimum wage as relevant. These procedures collectively help to address our on-going commitment to protect our employees’ human rights and the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our Company, all Directors have been briefed on the subject and we provide training to relevant members of staff. Through this training, as well as through Group wide internal communications, all employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential or actual wrongdoing that they consider to be negligent, improper or illegal to a designated person. This information will be kept strictly confidential.
Further steps and supplier due diligence
We believe that the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our own organisation is substantially mitigated as a result of our strong collective sense of vision and purpose, our cultural values and commitment to ethical behaviour , supported by our policies and procedures, however, we are not complacent and we recognise that there is always more than can be done. We will continuously seek to develop our practices where possible and to work with our suppliers and contractors to be as certain as we can be that they hold the same values as us.
Wherever possible, we will expect suppliers to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes within their business and to cascade those policies to their suppliers. Our standard supplier contractual terms and conditions will be revised to include a provision requiring suppliers (and each of their sub-contractors) to comply with the Act. The standards we expect will address a broad spectrum of working conditions including fair remuneration, working hours, no child labour, respect, non-discrimination, health, safety and wellbeing, as well as freedom from forced labour.
As part of any tender process, we will ask prospective suppliers to confirm compliance with the Modern Slavery Act at the pre-qualifying questionnaire stage. We will not progress to working with any supplier which does not comply with the Act.
We will also commence an audit programme, initially on a risk based approach, within our existing supply chain to verify compliance with the Act and throughout the life cycle of any supply agreement we reserve the right to conduct audits on our supplier contracts. We will assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis, taking any remedial action accordingly.
Responsibility for this Policy
The Company’s Board of Directors have approved and issued this policy as part of its overall responsibility for ensuring the group complies with its legal and ethical obligation, and that all those under the Company’s control comply with it.
Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them are made aware of and understand this policy, and are given adequate and regular training on it. Our zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and as appropriate thereafter.
Monitoring and Review
Our Finance Director will monitor the effectiveness and review the implementation of this policy regularly, and will report to the Board of Directors on its suitability, adequacy and effectiveness. Any improvements identified by the Board of Directors will be made as soon as possible.
Employees and those who are acting for or on behalf of the Company are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved.
Approval by the Directors
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd Board of Directors.