Modern slavery and human trafficking statement (2023)

Introduction from our CEO Alan Wheal

It is a priority of EA-RS Fire Management Limited to ensure that we trade, ethically, source responsibly and work to prevent Modern Slavery and human trafficking throughout our organization and in our supply chain. This statement highlights the key activities we have undertaken during this financial year to combat slavery in our organisation and supply chain.

 

Organisational Structure

EA-RS Fire Management Limited is a wholly subsidiary of EA-RS Fire Engineering Group Limited and it provides management services to all companies within our group, which is currently organised into twelve business units.

EA-RS Fire Management Limited is a leader in the fire safety, security, and compliance industry to ensure safe environments where we live, work and play. We also treat the industry with the respect and reverence that it deserves to consolidate what is currently a dangerously fragment marker to solve the industry-wide epidemic of liability segregation from an insurance perspective, by creating continuously innovating and delivering tomorrow’s turnkey-solution today. We offer our services to a wide range of sectors, including Construction, Data Centres, Housing associations, NHS and many more.

 

Our Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We have appropriate policies in place that underpin our commitment to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business. We continuously review and update all our policies.

Our Modern Slavery policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.

 

Supplier adherence to our values

EA-RS Group has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery within our organisation and that of its supply chain. Our employment practices are compliant with applicable employment and health and safety legislation, and as a result, we are confident that there is no slavery, child exploitation or human trafficking taking place within our organisation. Within our onboarding process, all employees are required to provide documentation as evidence of their entitlement to work within the UK. EA-RS Fire Management and all its subsidiaries are fully compliant with the legislative requirements of both the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage. Further to this we ensure that the employment agencies in which we deal with are also fully compliant with the applicable legislation.

 

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

EA-RS Fire Management Ltd has required 11 businesses within the last two years. We as an organisation have a much larger number of relationships with suppliers and contractors through acquisitions, which requires us to seek a risk-based approach in seeking to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in our organisation or supply chain.

As part of our initiatives to identify and mitigate the risk, we have and will continue to carry out reviews of our supply chain across the group to identify and assess any areas of potential risk. Throughout The integration of our acquisition of the businesses we have acquired, has meant a reduction and rationalising of our supplier relationships. We will continue to enhance our supplier due diligence process so that it identifies high-risk relationships across our enlarged supplier base.

EA-RS Fire Management Ltd will terminate our relationship with any supplier who fails to engage with this process and continues to request that any new suppliers confirm their adherence to the EA-RS Group values as a mandatory part of the supplier onboarding process.

Over the next year, we shall develop and roll out a supplier code of conduct, which will shall ask suppliers and contractors to adhere to. This code will address modern slavery as well as wider ESG concerns.

 

Training and identifying risks

To maintain a high level of understanding of modern slavery and human trafficking, to our employees, we assign all current and new employees Modern Slavey training via our online academy every year, to keep up with any changes within legislation and to ensure that all employees are aware of the risks that modern slavery and human trafficking have for individuals and the organisation. All employees also have access to our comprehensive suite of online training via our academy, which includes whistleblowing, to ensure they are updated with the latest legislation and understand the action that needs to be taken. We ensure that all employees, contractors, and suppliers have access to our suite of policies and procedures, which includes information on our approach to combating modern slavery and our whistleblowing procedure. We encourage all employees to raise any concerns regarding modern slavery, and that these will be taken extremely seriously, and we will act on them swiftly.

 

Our Objectives for the next 12 months

  • As we continue the growth of EA-RS Fire Management through acquisitions, we will ensure they are included in the review process and are educated in and adopt our existing policies on modern slavery.
  • Continue to invest in our employees to ensure they receive appropriate and adequate training to enable them to identify any potential risks or suspected wrongdoing.
  • Continue to monitor and review the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within our organisation and our supply chain.
  • Develop and roll out a supplier code of conduct which we will ask suppliers and contractors to adhere to.
  • Continue to educate our employees on the signs of slavery and human trafficking.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th September 2024. It was approved by our board on 22.01.2024.

 

How to contact us

By email: onesolution@ea-rsgroup.com

By telephone: 0800 999 8866

By mail: 4 Swanbridge Industrial Park, Black Croft Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 3YN