Modern Slavery Statement

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Metro Shipping’s Financial Year End is 31/03/2019 and this statement covers the period 01/04/2019 – 31/03/2020.

Metro Shipping are 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 including but not limited to 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. We have a number of due diligence procedures in place to ensure that our ethical standards are met by our on business as well as our suppliers & partners.

Our Supply Chains and Supplier Adherence To Our Values

Over the last 36 years we have developed strong relationships with our suppliers and continue to build and develop new and existing relationships to our mutual benefit. To date no instances or indicators of modern slavery have been recorded or found in our business and we continue to drive our high standards throughout our business and our supply chain. As a global company we transact in a large number of companies and ensure this area is covered in the due diligence we perform as a company. New suppliers are risk assessed and 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

We are committed to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking does not take place 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:

Training and Awareness

In order to ensure all our staff are aware of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, training has been incorporated into our induction programme.

The training we provide covers the following:

Training will be reviewed and refreshed annually.

In addition to the above, our modern slavery and human trafficking statement is available for all of our staff to view in MIKI- company intranet. Moreover it is published on our company website at www.metroshipping.co.uk.