Montagu Evans Modern Slavery Statement for financial year 2016/2017
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Montagu Evans LLP has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Montagu Evans LLP has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Montagu Evans is at the forefront of UK property consultancy and has been advising the UK’s top property companies, banks and businesses for nearly 100 years. We are involved in some of the largest commercial, residential and mixed-use property projects in the UK today.
Our high risk areas
The areas which we consider as higher risk are within our Property Management side of the business, whereby we engage with various sub-contractors for the purposes of building security and cleaning. In order to mitigate this risk we ask that our suppliers conduct regular checks about the pay rates and working hours of their employees to ensure that they are compliant with the Working Time Directive 20003/88/EC, and the National Minimum Wage rates.
Another area that we consider to be higher risk is with our outsourced IT supplier, who employ various staff across the UK, who are either based in one of our offices, or in their Head Office in Bournemouth, and access our IT systems remotely. In order to mitigate the risk we ask our supplier to conduct regular checks about the pay rates and working hours of their employees to ensure that they are compliant with the Working Time Directive 20003/88/EC, and the National Minimum Wage rates. We also regularly meet with the contract lead, to discuss service provisions, and where appropriate any staffing requirements.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Equal opportunities policy. This policy sets out the Company’s stance on equal opportunities, and the measures that relate to fair recruitment and selection, including how cases will be dealt with if any issues are raised.
Anti- corruption and bribery policy. This policy outlines how Montagu Evans chooses to conduct its business in an honest and ethical manner, and how to raise concerns.
Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
Montagu Evans LLP operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery [and on site audits which include a review of working conditions]. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage
We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
We plan to conduct annual compliance training throughout the organisation so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain, and where to go in order to deal with it.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Management Committee in May 2017.