Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We all have a responsibly to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain.
Staff are expected to report concerns, using the appropriate reporting channels, and management are expected to act upon them.
Our business and supply chains
Geo-Environmental Services Limited is a Geotechnical and Environmental Consultancy established in 1996 who have undertaken over five thousand investigations for a wide range of projects.
We have a limited supply chain which includes drillers, suppliers of plant and equipment, specialist consultancy, providers of specialist data, IT support, waste management and providers of materials related to site investigation.
Policies and Contractual Controls
Geo-Environmental Services Limited have an internal Modern Slavery Policy where we confirm that we will not tolerate or condone abuse of human rights within any part of our business or supply chains and will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected. We also operate a Whistleblowing Policy, aimed principally at our employees but also available to others working in our supply chains which encourages staff to report any wrongdoing which extends to human rights violations like Modern Slavery. All reports will be fully investigated and appropriate remedial actions taken.
Modern Slavery risk within our Supply Change
All purchases from our supply chain require a Purchase Order. When our suppliers accept this purchase order they are required to accept our principles of policy with respect to Modern Slavery.
Assessment of Modern Slavery Risk within our supply chain
Having a small supply chain which consists of suppliers whom we know personally, our risk is generally extremely low. The key area of risk would be contract drivers, who would be used for hired in plant. If any supplier is suspected of breaching the Modern Slavery act they would be blacklisted pending an investigation.
Modern Slavery Training
We utilise the on-line Supply Chain School training courses for our staff and recommend that our supply chain also uses these.
Effectiveness of our Approach
We have set a KPI of zero breaches of the Modern Slavery Act amongst our supply chain and this will be monitored on a monthly basis alongside all other corporate KPI’s.
This statement was approved by the Board of Geo-Environmental Services Limited.