Modern Slavery Statement 2017/18
This statement has been published in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Swift Group Ltd to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
Swift Group Ltd is the UK’s largest manufacturer of Touring Caravans, Motorhomes and Holiday Homes and one of the largest in Europe. Swift operates internationally with products exported to Europe, Scandinavia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Swift Group Ltd employs over 1200 people across a multi-site operation. The head office is located in Cottingham, East Yorkshire and Swift Group Ltd enjoys a turnover that exceeds £250 million.
The issue of modern slavery is a growing concern not only in the UK but throughout the world. Swift Group Ltd, as an innovative and proactive company has a responsibility to ensure its supply chain and its business is free from this subject and has a commitment to carry out a robust and continual due diligence process, identifying potential risks and eliminating them at the earliest opportunity.
Due diligence Process
The biggest exposure to modern slavery is potentially through our current supply chain. The Swift Purchasing and QA departments have put in place over the last year a due diligence process which is reviewed on a monthly basis to understand any potential supply chain risks.
To emphasise the importance of this, the Swift Group have included an additional clause within any new supply agreement, to ensure the supplier complies with the legislation.
The Swift supplier auditing process for new and existing suppliers makes reference to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and an audit programme has been drawn up and executed in the supply chain areas which have initially identified where Swift may be at risk. This has been carried out by mapping our supply chains on commodities related to their geographical source of supply.
Incorporated within the Company Employee Handbook is a reference to the modern slavery legislation. A Whistleblowing Policy has been re-emphasised relating to the legislation which encourages staff to report any wrongdoings or violations of the act.
Steps moving forward
Swift has expanded the audit programme through its Quality and HR departments and further developed the understanding and skills within the business regarding the legislation. Swift recognise that it is critical to encourage the supply base to investigate and promote the legislation throughout their supply chains.
Swift Group Ltd also recognises the importance of the UK Modern Slavery Act and acknowledges that a breach of the legislation is a constant threat. The company as a whole must always endeavour to highlight the risks and monitor its supplier base and business activities as a whole.