Modern Slavery Statement 2018/19
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 manufactures Touring Caravans, Motorhomes and Holiday Homes, and is the largest organisation of its type in the UK. Swift operates internationally with products exported to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Swift Group Ltd employs over 1000 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 Supply Chain and QA departments have in place a due diligence process which includes auditing suppliers on a regular basis to ensure compliance is met and understand any potential supply chain risks.
The Swift supplier auditing process for new and existing suppliers makes reference to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 with an audit programme in place. This is executed in the supply chain areas that have been identified by Swift, as a risk. This has been carried out by mapping our supply chains by commodity related to their geographical source of supply and is carried out for both new and existing suppliers.
To emphasise the importance of this further, the Swift Group has included an additional clause within all new supply agreements to ensure the supplier complies with the legislation.
Employees are made aware of Modern Slavery legislation via the Company Employee Handbook. 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 continue to expand the audit programme through its Quality and HR departments and further developed the understanding and skills within the business regarding the legislation. Swift recognises 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.