Forced, bonded or compulsory labour, human traﬃcking and other kinds of slavery and servitude represent some of the gravest forms of human rights abuse in any society and will not be tolerated within our operations or our supply chain.
This is our ﬁrst public statement made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 through which we seek to set out our current approaches and policies while at the same time begin to demonstrate how we intend to act moving forward and build on year on year.
Parkeray is an established London based construction company that operates in the South of England, focusing primarily on the interior fitting out of commercial oﬃces. Parkeray Holdings Limited has two wholly owned trading subsidiary undertakings:
Our 2016 turnover has been our largest to date: £81 million delivered across seventy-ﬁve projects ranging in value from a few thousand up to £7million); in doing so, Parkeray employed directly 120 staﬀ members.
We appreciate that Parkeray does not exist in isolation and that pretty much everything we do has a social and environmental impact in some form or another, we care about this and hold ourselves accountable and responsible for our actions. In doing so, we are heavily reliant on our workforce and our supply chain partners.
Our Social Justice Policy underpins everything we do; it is a mandatory requirement which extends to every individual working for or on behalf of Parkeray. It requires all of us to act ethically and comply with legal requirements at all time, putting our principles into practice in everything we do. Such is the culture of the company we are conﬁdent suspected breaches of this policy will be raised and addressed appropriately.
With the vast majority of our work undertaken within Central London and a desire to ensure fairness, all of our employees are paid signiﬁcantly above the London Living wage with our younger employees on training contracts being paid well above the minimum wage for the 25+ category. Payments are made by bank transfer with no payments made through third-party bank accounts. All of our employees are required to provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK.
We have a formal agreement with two Agencies to provide us with temporary staﬀ as and when required. The agreements are renewed annually with twice yearly reviews. The Agencies are aware of the need to adhere to our Social Justice Policy; a commitment to which is a pre-curser to any continued involvement. The Agencies are required to bear the responsibility for vetting their candidates for their eligibility to work in the UK. Our HR team undertakes spot checks on this vetting process during the year.
Every subcontractor and supplier is made aware of and is required to adhere to our Social Justice Policy.
By its very nature, the construction supply chain is complex, and there are often many tiers of suppliers between Parkeray and the source of the raw materials; often with procured services and materials ﬂowing from all parts of the world.
Our commitment to our Social Justice Policy extends down through the supply chain. A supplier that we have a direct a contractual arrangement with (a Tier 1 supplier) in turn bears the responsibility for ensuring, as far as practical, compliance across their direct supply chain (Tier 2 suppliers) and so on.
Our assessment of risk can be categorised under four headings; directly employed staﬀ, materials directly procured, agency labour and subcontractors. For which, based on a proportion of turnover spend and our assessment of the level of controls currently in place, we have assessed our level of risk and exposure.
We recognise that human rights can only be realised through an informed and continued demand for their protection, in doing so we understand for us to play a part in this process, we will need to ﬁnd ways to educate and raise awareness of the problems the world faces with modern slavery and human traﬃcking.
We realise that it is important that any training we provide to our employees is targeted to have the most eﬀect; our risk proﬁling identiﬁes that the strongest need and biggest area of exposure are that of modern slavery within our supply chain. Because of its complex nature, we are looking to work with external organisations such as ‘stronger2gether.org’ to provide the education and training we require.
As newly registered members we immediately have access to their website and a monthly
newsletter which we are already rolling out to our staﬀ base. Over the coming months, we will be meeting with stronger2gether to identify how best we can provide guidance and good practice advice in preventing, uncovering and reporting slavery and human traﬃcking, that may be occurring within any part of our business.
In doing so, we are keen to understand, educate and work with our supply chain to avoid those countries and products where slavery is most likely to be most prevalent.
Moving forward, we intend to utilise our current period of trading to identify planned actions for our staﬀ base and supply chain to increase awareness, transparency and to help to eﬀect change. A platform from which we seek to build upon annually.
For and on behalf of Parkeray Limited signed: