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Modern Slavery Statement

Western Global Modern Slavery Statement – 2024

 

Introduction

Western Global Group Limited, and its subsidiary companies (together, “Western Global” and throughout this Statement “our” and “we”), recognise our responsibilities as a global business to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in any part of our business or supply chain.

This statement is made in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Western Global’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2023.

 

Our business

We design, manufacture and service fuel storage solutions that are sold globally, with our major markets being the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

We are headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom with operations in 5 countries. We have a workforce of more than 220 employees and engage with global suppliers, as much of our manufacturing is outsourced.

 

Modern Slavery in our business

At Western Global, we do not accept human trafficking or the exploitation of children in our business and undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that these standards are maintained.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, new joiners are required to complete modern slavery training as part of their induction process. To further build knowledge and manage risks, we conduct an annual compliance training program – this program includes a modern slavery training module, which covers:

  • what is modern slavery;
  • identifying risks; and
  • how to report concerns.

To support the above, we also have a Modern Slavery Policy and Whistleblowing Policy, which all employees are required to review and accept as part of their induction process. In 2023 we updated our Whistleblowing Policy to further support a transparent environment and encourage employees to report suspected wrongdoing without fear of detrimental treatment as a result of raising a concern.

 

Our supply chain

We are committed to maintaining high standards amongst our suppliers.

Employees in procurement and other relevant supply chain functions are trained in how to identify the warning signs of slavery and exploitation.

Our key suppliers are audited annually, which includes an assessment of potential slavery and exploitation issues. Senior Managers also visit our key suppliers regularly and will report any issues to management if potential issues are identified.

We operate a risk based approach to ensure that we focus our efforts on suppliers that are material to Western Global or assessed as higher risk. When appointing a new supplier, our supply chain team conduct appropriate due diligence on new suppliers’ business and practices before entering into any agreements with such suppliers.

In 2023 we took steps to further formalise our audits of key suppliers, by introducing a formal supplier audit framework. This audit framework involves key suppliers completing a questionnaire covering a wide variety of topics, including health & safety, modern slavery and antibribery. The audit also involves an in-person audit by a Western Global representative. Our key supplier framework is further supported by our code of conduct which makes it clear that our suppliers must never use compulsory or forced labour or any other form of slavery of servitude. The code of conduct also requires our suppliers to meet minimum standards in relation to human rights, anti-bribery and corruption, employment practices, health and safety and the environment.

 

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to enhance our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.

This statement has been approved by the boards of Western Global Group Limited and all its subsidiaries on 20 June 2024.

 

Clem Connor

Chief Executive, Western Global

June 2024

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