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Modern Slavery Statement

Western Global Modern Slavery Statement – 2022


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 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 2021.


Our business
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 170 employees and engage with global suppliers as much of our manufacturing is outsourced.


Group policies
This year saw the continued impact of the coronavirus global pandemic. 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 2021 we further embedded our values across our business through a continued focus on compliance and training. 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, Whistleblowing 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.

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 are rolling out a refreshed annual compliance training program in 2022 – this program will include a modern slavery training module and all staff will be required to complete this on an annual basis, this course will cover:

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

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 – 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 (where applicable).

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 2021 we established a supplier code of conduct. This code of conduct 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. During 2022 we will be rolling out the supplier code of conduct to our key suppliers.

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 21 June 2022.


Clem Connor

Chief Executive, Western Global

June 2022

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