This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Bithell boats has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Conviviality is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
Bithell boats comprises of domestic passenger boats and safety boat work for the inland waterways.
Our business is organised into two divisions; Chester boats and Commercial boat services.
Chester boat is based in Chester on the river Dee and operates small domestic passengers services from its base on the Groves, Chester. Commercial boat services operate nationwide on inland water ways and close inshore waters.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
Bithell boats is 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 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.
As part of Bithell boats commitment to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains, Bithell boats has the following internal policies to ensure that it is conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner:
– Recruitment – Bithell boats conducts robust checks on any new employee including eligibility to work in the UK to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
– Whistleblowing Policy – We have a whistleblowing policy so that all employees can raise any concerns that they might have without fear of reprisals.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
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.
– Protect whistle blowers.
Supplied adherence to our values and ethics
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme.
This consists of:
– An initial risk assessment of suppliers
– Managing any risks highlighted with appropriate contractual clauses
– An ongoing review of contractual obligations
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, we will be providing training to our staff.
Approval of this statement
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors on 7 September 2017.
Name: Brian Clarke
Date: 7 September 2017