"Our business and supply chains are slavery-free", says Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission (FC) has released an official statement on Modern Slavery and Human trafficking.
"Our supply chain is made up of a large number of third party providers, many of which are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)", explained FC Director of Central Services Jean Lindsay.
"We procure a large and varied range of goods, works and services from corporate clothing and tree shelters, through to operation services such as harvesting, planting and forest road building."
"We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business."
In details, the steps taken by the Forestry Commission to reduce the risk of modern slavery include:
- All employees are paid above the National Living Wage
- FC Grievance, Bullying and Harassment, and Whistleblowing policies give a platform for the employees to raise concerns and ‘blow the whistle’ on any wrong-doing within the Organisation
- Adoption of the European Public Contracts Directive which governs good practice in procurement
- Inclusion of discretionary exclusion criteria relating to breach of environmental, social and labour law within Invitation to Tender documents issued during 15/16, covering England or on a GB wide basis
"Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains, we intend to take further steps and develop policies and processes to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains", Ms Lindsay concluded.