Modern Slavery Statement

Organisation 

This statement applies to Thakeham Group (referred to in this statement as ‘Thakeham’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year April 2019 to March 2020.

Thakeham Group makes this statement on behalf of all Thakeham entities and joint ventures, all of whom adopt its terms.

 

Organisational structure

Thakeham is controlled by a board of directors that oversee all Thakeham entities. Employees are all employed by one legal entity but they work on projects across all entities.

Thakeham has a head office in Billingshurst, West Sussex where the majority of the employees are based, over the coming years a number of regional offices in the South of England will be opened where some employees will be based.

At any one time a number of construction sites across the South of England will be run and controlled by Thakeham, these work locations are generally temporary in nature and dependent on the length of the construction project.

Thakeham works within the construction industry and directly employs around 160 people in the UK. Thakeham builds homes to be sold privately or on behalf of a housing association, local authority or similar.

The nature of our business requires that we work in conjunction with a range of suppliers, subcontractors, agencies, and professionals.

The labour supplied to Thakeham in pursuance of its operation is carried out in the United Kingdom.

 

Definitions

Thakeham considers that modern slavery encompasses:

  • human trafficking
  • forced work, through mental or physical threat
  • being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse of the threat of abuse
  • being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property
  • being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.

 

Commitment

Thakeham acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Thakeham understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.

Thakeham does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

No labour provided to Thakeham in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.

 

Supply chains

In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of Thakeham include those related to construction materials and products required to create a home. Thakeham uses various suppliers in the United Kingdom and in some cases globally to provide the materials/good they need.

Thakeham also engages with a number of subcontractor companies who carry out specific parcels of work on our sites using their own workforce.

Thakeham understands that the first tier suppliers have further contractual relationships with lower tier suppliers.

 

Potential exposure

Thakeham deems the risk to those employed directly to be extremely low for the following reasons

  • All employees are on full written conditions of employment that are standardised and checked for compliance with the Act
  • All employees are paid at or above the National Minimum Wage
  • No casual labour is employed
  • Unpaid work experience or internships are regulated through a standardised risk assessment
  • Employees have regular one to one meetings with their line manager which will include discussing any personal issues that may be affecting them

Thakeham considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist where it is several steps removed from the procurement of materials through sub contractors and where our first tier suppliers have relationships with lower tier suppliers. Products may be created involving the provision of labour in a country where protection against breaches of human rights may be limited.

Thakeham also have a considerable number of workers on each site that are engaged through subcontract companies, there is a risk that this labour may have been trafficked from abroad.

In general, Thakeham considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.

 

Steps

Thakeham carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.

Thakeham has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.

In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Thakeham has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:

  • Working with a limited number of suppliers to build strong working relationships and a good understanding of their business
  • A review and amendment of standard terms of supply to incorporate the requirements of the Act and requirements of Thakeham
  • Each order will remind them of their responsibilities to their supply chains and the implications to working with Thakeham. It will also provide for a reporting structure for any infringement or potential infringement.
  • Seeking copies of our suppliers’ statements on slavery and human trafficking, which will be taken as evidence that the organisation is starting to address this important issue and that in the current year we can assume compliance with the Act.

Effectiveness of our approach and the coming year

Thakeham has set the following methods to measure its effectiveness in ensuring modern slavery is not taking place in the Organisation or its supply chains and to cover its commitments for the next 12 months.

  • Record and investigate any risks or reports of modern slavery that the business is alerted to
  • When updating policies considering if the Act needs to be referenced directly
  • Ensuring all site managers and the commercial/procurement teams attend modern slavery training during the next 12 months
  • Sharing our Modern Slavery Statement internally to all employees with some additional notes of what they should be aware of/looking out for
  • Ensure posters are displayed at all sites alerting people to the Modern Slavery Act, signs to spot potential victims and details of who to contact if they have a concern

 

Policies & documents

Thakeham has a whistleblowing policy that is available for all employees if they are unable to raise their concern directly with the appropriate Director.

 

Slavery Compliance Officer

Thakeham’s HR Director is the company Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Thakeham’s obligations.

This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.

Date of approval: 30.10.2020

Signed: Rob Boughton

Job Title: CEO, Thakeham Group

Date:   30.10.2020

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