Modern Slavery Policy

Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Introduction

The JR Group is committed to improving our policies and playing our role in eradicating Modern Slavery in all its forms from our business and supply chain.

We are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that everyone who works for the JR Group benefits from fair working practices in which their fundamental rights are respected and that our supply chain and anyone we do work with upholds these principles.

The information in this statement details the policies, processes, and actions we have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or any part of our own business. It covers the activities of all businesses which form the JR Group and is our Modern Slavery statement for 2020/2021 as required under the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”)

Group Structure

The JR Group comprises 5 separate businesses to which this policy relates to. As a group we employ around 200 employees and operate with Scotland and the north or England. The JR Group includes:

  • JR Construction (Scotland) Ltd
  • JR Scaffold Services Ltd
  • JR Specialist Services Ltd
  • JR Homes Ltd
  • DC Timber Systems Ltd

 

Supply chain

The JR Group and the 5 businesses within operate a shared supply chain who are committed to meeting both legal and ethical standards in their daily operations., while ensuring that compliance is managed appropriately across their own supply chain partners.

We communicate our policies and procedures in our open and transparent approach to procurement which sets out the basic principles of how we will conduct business and the behaviours and practices we expect of our supply chain, including a commitment to comply with the Act.

Our supply chain includes:

  • Subcontractors
  • Martial suppliers
  • Recruitment agencies
  • Plant and equipment suppliers
  • Professional services

 

Our Policy

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

We undertake all relevant pre-employment checks prior to staff being employed. We carry out fair and transparent recruitment processes and ensure our recruitment agencies comply with these requirements in the provision of agency staff.

Due Diligence

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have in place systems to identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains, mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains, monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains and protect whistle blowers. In addition, as part of our contract with any supply chain member, we require that each member of our supply chain confirms to us that:

  • They have taken steps to eradicate Modern Slavery within their business.
  • They hold their own supply chain to account over Modern Slavery.
  • They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate).

 

The JR Group shall enforce its contractual rights should any instances of Modern Slavery come to light. We are fully committed to making sure that no business practices – either internally or through our external supply chain – would contravene Section 54 and/or Clause 5 of the Act, are tolerated.

 

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we actively promote engagement in events, briefing sessions and provide training to relevant staff throughout our business and supply chain.

Board approval

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement.

We shall undertake annual review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains with a view to identifying further steps that we can take. The JR Group Board approved this statement on the 11 March 2021. The statement will be reviewed and updated in March 2022.

John Horne

Managing Director

11th March 2021

Gary McGregor

Managing Director

11th March 2021