Statement for Financial Year 2017-2018
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made on behalf of Supreme Freight Services Ltd pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending July 2018.
Our Business and Structure
Supreme Freight Services Ltd is a leading international shipping and forwarding agent. Established in 1986 as a family-operated business, we have now been handling international shipments with excellence and professionalism for 30 years.
Supreme Freight Services remains privately owned and has its head office in Southampton with regional offices in Felixstowe, Heathrow, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
We have a team of 31 professional industry experts working with our customers to understand every detail of their shipping needs so that we can create a tailor-made solution that is truly bespoke.
We wholeheartedly endorse the legislation as a crucially important development in tackling slavery and human trafficking and we will not trade or partner with any business or organisation which is involved in this shocking practice however remotely or indirectly.
We do not tolerate any conduct that contributes to, encourages or facilitates, human trafficking, child labour, forced or compulsory labour, or any other human rights abuses.
Our Supply Chains and Procurement Process
Supreme Freight Services Ltd contracts with customers and suppliers, (including agencies who provide labour) and our supply chains include receipt of goods direct from manufacturers, customers and their contractors for onward shipment/ delivery.
To ascertain and to mitigate the risk of working with a supplier who may have slavery in their supply chains we will continue to:
- Identify and assess potential risk of slavery in our operations and in our supply chain
- Mitigate the risk of slavery through the performance of due diligence on our suppliers
- Continually monitor potential risk areas
- Educate and inform our employees of the type of factors to look out for when dealing with workers (permanent or temporary) in our supply chain who may be subject to undue influence and how to report this
- Protect anyone who whistleblows
- Conduct thorough checks of all Supreme Freight Services Ltd employees to ensure they have the right to work in the UK and to verify their identity
We expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero-tolerance approach to exploitation and to conduct the same level of commitment to the Modern Slavery Act as we do.
As part of our procurement process, we will only engage with suppliers and contractors who confirm their compliance with the Act. We will write to our suppliers to raise awareness and seeking their confirmation of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
To this end, all new contracts and those renewing, now include a clause requiring that our suppliers, and their subcontractors, comply with the Act, and include Supreme Freight Services Ltd right to terminate in the instance of any breach of this obligation.
We are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business and to act ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships. We continually review, implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chains.
The board of directors have all approved this statement and are fully committed to ensuring no aspect of modern slavery or human trafficking is part of its business operations or its supply chain operations.