Modern Slavery Policy
Modern slavery statement for financial year 2020/21
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that KITE Projects has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
KITE Projects has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery, which encompasses; slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency, in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
KITE Projects operates in the United Kingdom & Europe, producing compliant, site-workable handrail and access solutions for infrastructure projects. Kite specialises in supplying handrail in mild steel, stainless steel & GRP, embankment stairs, ramps & walkways, vertical ladder systems and DDA clamp solutions. We work in the following markets:
Our high risk areas
KITE Projects has undertaken stringent assessments of our operations and those of the supply chain, to help identify any areas of slavery and human trafficking.
For our suppliers, the assessment of risks includes mapping out our supply chains to assess particular industry and geographical risks to cover the entire scope of KITE Projects’ operations. We considered the risks based on where our suppliers are based, the products and services being supplied and the volume of spend. We recognised that our biggest exposure to Modern Slavery would be in our supply chain so put in place systems to mitigate these risks.
For our own operations, we considered: the location of our operations, the roles being performed, the recruitment processes and the absence to date of reports of concerns regarding slavery and human trafficking. We also undertake “right to work” checks on all of our employees prior to them commencing their role.
This includes checking, where applicable, that the employee has a valid work visa and is of an appropriate age to work. Based on these risk assessments, we deem the risk of human trafficking occurring within our employee population (including our agency staff) to be low.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Health & Safety Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Bribery Policy
- Equality & Diversity Policy
KITE Projects 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. 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:
1. They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business.
2. They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate).
3. We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
We regularly conduct training for our procurement teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
Our performance indicators
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 employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the one of the Partners on 6th June 2020.