This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Bluestones Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 October 2018. This Statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of Bluestones Investment Group Limited which is the parent company of the Bluestones Group. Further information regarding the Bluestones Group is available at www.bluestonesgroup.co.uk.
The Bluestones Group does not believe there is any place in today’s world for slavery and human trafficking and in making this statement commits to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our businesses.
We are committed to evolving our practices through all our group companies to combat slavery and human trafficking and to encourage the same principles and standards from our supply chain and business partners.
We are committed to Compliance and Ethical Standards and we recognise the importance of mitigating the risks of slavery and human trafficking, we therefore train and educate our staff to identify any potential issues. We have in place the following processes to support this:
- Our Modern Slavery Policy is issued to all employees and forms part of our new staff induction programme.
- Employees are advised on how to report any concerns they have associated with modern slavery and trafficking.
- Employees, workers, business partners and customers are encouraged to report any concerns that may give rise to a risk of modern slavery or human trafficking. The Group’s Whistleblowing Policy is designed to make it easy for disclosures to be made without fear of retaliation. The Group’s Head of Legal, a practising solicitor, is the Whistleblowing Officer. In circumstances which prevent independent consideration of disclosures internally the Company’s auditors or external solicitors will be instructed.
- Established recruitment and selection ensure we perform checks within each Group company ensure employees and agency workers have the right to work and are therefore protected by employment legislation. Checks are also undertaken to verify and identify where agency workers may be sharing bank accounts, addresses and telephone numbers which may be a risk indicator.
- No breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 were reported in 2018 or have been previously.
We review our policies and procedures regularly and are committed to continuously improve what we do.
This statement applies to Bluestones Investment Group Limited and all companies within the Bluestones Group.
View our modern slavery policy HERE.