Swift Group Modern Slavery Statement 2016/17
This statement has been published in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Swift Group Ltd during year ending 31 August 2016 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. Over the years, the company has grown from a single brand, Swift, to a multi-brand operation encompassing Sterling, Sprite, Bessacarr, Escape and Autocruise. Swift operates internationally with products currently exported to Europe, Scandinavia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Swift Group Ltd employs over 1000 people and operates across three sites in Yorkshire: Hull, Mexborough and Cottingham where the head office is located. Swift Group Ltd enjoys a turnover that exceeds £200 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 have 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 – Steps Undertaken
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.
As part of the due diligence process, an Ethical Code of Conduct Policy has been distributed to the supplier base requesting them to formally reply that they comply with the modern slavery legislation.
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 modern slavery legalisation 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 ensuring Swift comply with 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
wift will endeavour to expand the audit programme, and further develop the understanding and skills within the business regarding the legislation. It is critical to encouraging the supplier base to investigate and promote the legislation throughout their supply chains.
Swift Group Ltd 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.