Modern Slavery Act
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
At MJ Gleeson plc we are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in all our relationships across all our businesses. Our reputation is extremely important to us and is built around us maintaining these standards.
MJ Gleeson plc and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) recognise modern slavery and human trafficking as an important human rights issue and we are committed to taking appropriate and proportionate steps to ensure human rights are fully upheld within our Group and within our supply chain.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes our Group's modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 30 June 2022 as approved by the Board on 29 November 2022.
This statement reports on our organisation and businesses, policies, training, due diligence procedures, risk assessment, effectiveness of measures taken and training. This statement is updated on an annual basis.
The MJ Gleeson plc group undertakes two principal activities – building affordable quality homes (Gleeson Homes) and promoting land to meet the growing need for housing (Gleeson Land). These activities are carried out by a number of trading entities over numerous sites / locations, all of which are in the UK.
- As our housebuilding activity is labour and material intensive there is a risk both from sourcing materials and the engagement of labour. All our activities are UK based and the majority of our materials come from UK suppliers who must comply with the Act. We are, however, aware that our suppliers may source materials outside the UK. We are also aware that while the majority of our employees and sub-contractors are UK nationals we will also employ or contract with non-UK nationals where the risk of modern slavery may be higher.
- Our land promotion business employs a small number of professional / office-based staff and its suppliers are principally professional consultancy businesses. It does not purchase any materials and therefore has a short and limited supply chain.
We have a dedicated compliance team, which consists of:
- Group HR Director
- Head of Legal and Company Secretary
- Group Commercial Director
- SHEQ Director
All of whom manage the actions in respect of this statement and report directly into the Executive Directors.
We have a Group policy on modern slavery and human trafficking. All employees are made aware of this through inductions, our employee handbook and on our intranet. We also have a robust whistleblowing policy and procedure in place with both internal and external reporting lines, which allows concerns to be reported on a confidential basis and without fear of recrimination.
Steps we have taken in the year
1. Group Anti-Slavery Policy
We have conducted an annual review of our Group policy on Anti-Slavery and human trafficking, which remains fir for purpose.
The policy has, and continues to be, implemented throughout the business.
2. Supplier Due Diligence
To ensure that all those in our supply chain comply with our values, we have in place a Modern Slavery questionnaire which for new suppliers and contractors, forms part of our prequalification process; and for all existing suppliers and contractors is an annual requirement. Where suppliers and contractors have been unable to provide satisfactory responses, the business has taken decision that their services will not be procured. We continue to keep a record of all returns.
Our sub-contractor and supply chain Terms and Conditions have also been updated. Where applicable, we require our contractors to warrant to us that their operatives on site hold a valid Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card.
3. Staff Recruitment
We have continued to actively enforce our policy on recruitment, which ensures that upon commencement of employment, we check that all employees are eligible to work in the UK and that they know their rates of pay, working hours, holiday entitlements and any other benefits.
We are have and continue to assess our commitment to a phased roll-out plan for employee CSCS cards. Where this is viable, we anticipate that the required training will be completed through completion of an NVQ This will then form part of the future recruitment requirements.
4. Staff Training and Induction
We have a mandatory modern slavery e-learning module to all employees, which provides training on how to identify, manage and prevent modern slavery within the workplace. This is undertaken by all new employees as part of their mandatory introductory training and is repeated every three-. We continue to monitor compliance on a regional basis.
Upon induction our employees also receive a copy of our Employee Handbook which contains our Anti-slavery policy and related information. New employees are also asked to sign an authorisation form to confirm their understanding and acceptance to the Anti-Slavery Policy. Failure to do so will impact whether they ‘pass’ their probation.
5. Staff Awareness
We have issued communications to the business which raise awareness of modern slavery, include advice on how issues or suspicions can be reported, and provide important reminders about the risks of modern slavery within the workplace. We continue to ensure that all new office buildings and site offices display posters on company notice boards.
6. Internal Audits
We continue to undertake anti-slavery audits of our development sites. The audits involve one-to-one discussions with our site managers; spot-checks on contractors and assurances that sites are displaying anti-slavery posters and whistleblowing contact details.
Effectiveness of our processes
In line with our policy, we expect all employees to remain vigilant in their day to day working and we expect employees to report any concerns that they have. Management are expected to take appropriate action where a concern is raised. Where we identify an issue with a supplier or sub-contractor, we will discuss the issue with them and agree what actions are to be taken. We will then monitor these actions on an ongoing basis.
Chief Executive Officer
MJ Gleeson plc
29 November 2022