Marston (Holdings) Limited (“Marston”) modern slavery statement for the financial year ended 31 May 2020
Marston is a provider of transportation and enforcement services to government and commercial clients which involves interfacing with the general public.
The supply chain is mainly UK based with very few goods and services being procured from overseas. There have been no incidents related to modern slavery during the financial year ended 31 May 2020.
Due to the nature of our business and our high standards of corporate governance we assess that that there is a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
The Executive Board has apportioned responsibility for the prevention of modern slavery to the Chief Risk Officer.
Marston’s Prevention of Modern Slavery Policy sets out in writing how it achieves its policy objectives together with the steps that we have taken to prevent modern slavery from occurring in our business and supply chains:
Supply Chain Due Diligence
All major procurement is channelled through the group procurement team to ensure due diligence is carried out for modern slavery risk.
Recruitment Due Diligence
All permanent, temporary and contract staff are subject to the group vetting policy. The group vetting policy includes checks on
Staff Training and Awareness
All staff are required to complete Safeguarding Awareness Training when they first join Marston and then periodically refresh their training. The Safeguarding Awareness Training includes a standalone module on modern slavery which was devised in consultation and with content from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
Reporting and Investigation of Modern Slavery concerns
Marston is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, honesty and accountability. Marston recognises that there may be times where staff and self-employed contractors have legitimate concerns which they may not feel comfortable to raise with their line managers or other members of staff and has put in place a whistleblowing policy. Marston uses Safecall a confidential whistleblowing hotline which is monitored 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Chief Risk Officer
Publication of this strategy is regarded as complying with the obligation under para. 16(2), sch. 19, FA 2016 in respect of the period ended 31 May 2020.
Risk management is the responsibility of the Board and is integral to the ability of Marston Corporate Limited and subsidiary undertakings (the Group) to deliver on its strategic priorities. The Board is responsible for setting the risk culture of the Group and establishing and maintaining appropriate systems and controls to manage risk. A robust risk management framework has been implemented to support this.
The Group’s risk management framework is overseen by the Group Legal & Compliance Director reporting into the Board. The Board also considers the effectiveness of the internal control environment.
The Group is committed to full compliance with all statutory obligations and full disclosure to tax authorities.
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