CPUK Group is a large construction and civil engineering company and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.
We recognise that modern slavery exists within every sector and supply chain and that this is not a victimless crime. Therefore, our statement is aimed at ensuring that no modern slavery or human trafficking takes place in any part of our business or supply chain. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls aimed at combatting slavery and human trafficking, and responsibility for the statement rests with our Board of Directors.
As part of our commitment to tackling modern slavery and ensuring transparency throughout our supply chain we have published our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement on our website here.
Our CPUK Values and Behaviours are strongly focused on people, integrity and trust, and our Group vision is to be a respected and trusted partner. Our Modern Trafficking and Human Trafficking Statement reflects this and we are committed to the following:
• Ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is considered and addressed in our approach to corporate social responsibility
• Ensuring that any concerns about slavery or human trafficking can be raised through our whistleblowing procedure
• Carrying out regular audits to ensure that all our employees are paid at least the National Minimum Wage and have the right to work in the UK
• Identifying and addressing any areas of high risk in our supply chain
• Providing training for all employees who are involved in the supply chain on issues relating to slavery and human trafficking
Structure and Supply Chains
The CPUK Group of companies is a privately-owned group of construction and civil engineering companies engaged in commercial build and refurbishment, civil engineering and remediation works throughout the UK predominately within the North West and Midlands regions.
We operate with our Head Office in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and have over 100 employees. Our business operates solely within the UK. Our supply chain covers contactors, consultants, labour agencies, product and material suppliers, service providers, joint venture partners and our clients.
Our Group structure is shown below:
Our CPUK Group policies and procedures apply to all CPUK Group companies without exception.
Processes to combat trafficking and slavery
We are committed to providing our employees with a fair salary, which meets the National Minimum Wage as a minimum. We also offer our employees a generous benefits package that exceeds the statutory holiday entitlement in the UK.
We also ensure all of our employees have the right to work in the UK.
We also have in place a number of corporate and internal policies including Whistleblowing, Equality and Diversity and Dignity at Work. We continuously take a due diligence approach and review our policies and processes to ensure that they contain appropriate provisions related to tackling modern slavery where required.
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics
We require all of our suppliers and subcontractors to complete an Appraisal questionnaire. This questionnaire is aimed at providing us with sufficient information that we are confident our supply chain upholds the same standards, principals and business ethics that we do. If we feel they do not reach our standards, or they have progressively allowed their standards to lower, we will cease business with them.
Identifiable areas of concern in our industry
The construction industry in which we operate in attracts a workforce from all backgrounds. In the UK, we are able to utilise the skills of employees from across the world, particularly Europe. Whilst the benefit of this influx of workers allows for a competitive and diverse market, it also has the risk of potential exploitation.
By checking our employees have the right to work in the UK, we know that they are legally eligible to work in the UK and their salary will be monitored by HMRC. Our Health and Safety Policy, to which our supply chain and our employees must adhere to, ensures that all businesses with whom we work with will have taken equivalent steps.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking within our workforce, we have developed an online training course that is available to all of our employees. The training course is currently being rolled out to all of current our employees through our online employee system. We have also added the training course to our Group Induction to ensure understanding for all of our new starters.
Our online training course is aimed at raising awareness of modern slavery and human rights abuses in the UK and particularly within the construction sector.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for the CPUK Group. The statement will be reviewed annually.
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR
DATE:6 February 2019
Policy and Ownership Details
Document Name: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Effective From: February 2019
Version Number: 1.0
Date for Review: February 2020
Author: Sophie Mullen
Owner: Steve Burke
Document Control: All printed versions of this document are classified as uncontrolled. A controlled version of this document is available from the HR Team or BreatheHR.
Release Number: MH1
Date: February 2019
Revision Description: Revision of last year’s statement
Author: Sophie Mullen
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