Modern Slavery Statement
Western Global Group Limited, and its subsidiary companies (together, "Western Global" and throughout this Statement “our” and “we”), recognise our responsibilities as a global manufacturer of fuel storage solutions to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in any part of our business or supply chain. We are responsible for managing the risks within our business and throughout our supply chain.
This Statement sets out the steps we have taken during 2020 to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our businesses or our supply chain.
OUR BUSINESS & SUPPLY CHAIN
We design, manufacture and service fuel solutions that are sold globally, with our major markets being UK, Europe, USA and Canada.
We are headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom with operations in 5 countries. We have a workforce of more than 140 employees and engage with global suppliers as much of our manufacturing is outsourced.
This year saw the coronavirus global pandemic impact businesses globally. In such an environment we as a business have relied on our people and our long term relationships more than ever to overcome the challenges of remote working and less travel.
In 2020 we further embedded our values through regular communication from the leadership team and employees surveys. This has reinforced our focus on being a responsible business with the “Integrity” value being forefront in promoting ethical behaviour. We have engaged with our employees worldwide to highlight the role we can all play in ensuring Western Global operates ethically and responsibly.
Other policies include our Employee Code of Conduct, Gift & Entertainment Policy, Anti Bribery & Corruption Policy, Recruitment Policies and HR Onboarding to promote good practice. The HR onboarding involves new joiners demonstrating their eligibility to work by providing appropriate documentation in each of our global locations.
MODERN SLAVERY IN OUR BUSINESS
We will not accept human trafficking or the exploitation of children and young people in our business and undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that these standards are maintained.
Our directors and other senior managers made visits to our locations around the world during the year, however the opportunity was restricted by travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. No potential modern slavery issues were identified at any of our sites. However, we are conscious that we need to guard against complacency and remain diligent in this regard.
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 existing suppliers are audited annually, which includes an assessment of potential slavery and exploitation issues. Senior Managers also visit our suppliers regularly and will report any issues to management if potential issues are identified – with the global pandemic we have been unable to visit some suppliers, but have ensured our local quality accreditation agencies have continued to conduct their visits.
During the review of potential new suppliers we ensure our due diligence is thorough on the business and their practices. This includes a comprehensive evaluation check-list before confirming any formal business agreements.
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 19 May 2021.
Chief Executive, Western Global