Modern Slavery Policy Statement
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Morplan is committed to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Accordingly, Morplan will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the utilities and/or other commodities, products and/or services it provides, nor will it accept commodities, products and/or services from suppliers that employ or utilise child labour or forced labour.
Morplan are members of SEDEX, an international organisation whose purpose is to manage our performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics, and we are currently working with our suppliers towards improved accreditation.
Morplan’s Dignity at Work and Equal Opportunities policies are additional mechanisms which support the combat of modern slavery.
Morplan’s business involves importing from suppliers both nationally and internationally. The following outlines the efforts the Company is undertaking to ensure that human trafficking and slavery is eradicated from within our supply chain.
Requirements for Suppliers:
- Will not use forced or compulsory labour, i.e. any work or service that a worker performs involuntarily, under threat of penalty;
- Will comply with the minimum age requirements prescribed by applicable laws
- Will compensate its workers with wages and benefits that meet or exceed the legally required minimum and will comply with overtime pay requirements;
- Will abide by applicable law concerning the maximum hours of daily labour;
- Will not engage in any practice of slavery, servitude, forced labour, compulsory labour and/or human trafficking outside the UK which would constitute an offence if that conduct took place within the UK; and
- Will ensure that any sub-contractors or suppliers from whom they source goods and/or services for incorporation in those supplied to Morplan also adhere to these requirements.
Morplan operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. The due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery (and on site audits which include a review of working conditions). Our anti slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their colleagues at least the national minimum wage/national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) they pay their colleagues any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
Our performance indictators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from colleagues, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Morplan has not received any reports of instances of modern slavery over the past financial year but will continue to raise awareness of modern slavery and of the need for proper due diligence and risk assessment processes to be applied by staff and suppliers, in accordance with its policy.
Upon request, Suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this Policy to the reasonable satisfaction of Morplan. Morplan may perform periodic audits on this Policy and Suppliers are expected to fully co-operate with any such audit.
Suppliers who are found to have or be engaging in human trafficking and slavery or which refuse to co-operate with any audit to verify compliance with this Policy will be liable to have any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with Morplan terminated immediately, without compensation.
If a Supplier to Morplan is found in violation of this policy, Morplan will take prompt action which may include terminating any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with that Supplier (as above). It shall also take such other (remedial) steps as deemed necessary to address the violation and seek to prevent its reoccurrence.