Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
S.54 Modern Slavery Act 2015 now provides that certain commercial organisations are obliged to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year from March 2016. This statement should detail the steps the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within any of its supply chains or within its own business.
Metro Shipping is a Freight Forwarding Company at the cutting edge of global supply chain solutions. We are engaged in the complete range of logistics services in a number of key verticals including but not limited to automotive, retail, foodstuffs, chemicals and projects. Metro operates to the highest industry standards and this can be recognised by the various accreditations we hold; ISO9001, ISO14001 and AEOF. At the foundation of our business are ethical underpinnings which govern the way in which we operate. We are an environmentally conscious business as indicated by our ISO14001 accreditation. Due to the size of our company and the continuous growth since inception in 1980 we feel it is important that we endeavour to minimise the impact we have on the environment through the implementation of an Environmental Management System. It is therefore unsurprising that we take a zero-tolerance approach toward modern slavery and human trafficking as such acts are a gross violation of fundamental human rights.
Our Supply Chains and Supplier Adherence To Our Values
Over the last 36 years we have developed strong relationships with some of our suppliers. We continue to build and develop new and existing relationships to our mutual benefit. However, being that we operate on a global scale and therefore use a vast amount of suppliers, we believe that the greatest risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place lies here. Consequently all new suppliers are vetted through a series of diligence relating to company performance, standards and compliance so that we are confident that we share similar values and are able to build a strong working relationship. New suppliers are asked to complete a Quality Assurance Questionnaire which helps us to establish their compliance in respect of this matter thus minimising, or even eliminating the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chain.
Our Policies On Slavery and Human Trafficking
Metro are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business by upholding the highest level of ethical standards .We strongly support the government’s objectives to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. We seek to only use suppliers once we are satisfied that they meet a certain standard on our Quality Assurance Questionnaire.
Due Diligence Process For Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas when taking on new suppliers through the implementation of our Quality Assurance Questionnaire.
- In turn this mitigates the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
Our modern slavery and human trafficking statement is available for all of our staff to see in MIKI- company intranet. Moreover it is published on our company website at www.metroshipping.co.uk