Overview

Modern slavery and human trafficking (as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015) is a serious global issue that continues to affect millions of people from around the world, including many in developed countries, who are kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Construction Testing Solutions Ltd (CTS) recognises the importance of our role in eradicating this issue within the construction supply chain and has a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery.

CTS have taken several steps to identify any form of modern slavery, which are outlined in this statement, along with the actions being taken to continue to educate our employees and to identify any potential modern slavery risks related to our business.

It is important to CTS that everyone working for the company or within its supply chain can expect adequate working conditions, can work of their own free will and expect fair pay in return.

Our business activities

CTS operates from a number of offices and UKAS accredited construction materials testing laboratories throughout the United Kingdom, covering a wide range of laboratory and on-site testing and inspection activities, structural investigation, calibration services and geotechnical and environmental consultancy services for our construction and civil engineering clients.

Our supply chain

These activities typically fall into two categories:

Our head office

Our head office in Leicester provides facilities for central support functions including Corporate Governance, HR, H&S, Marketing, Finance, and IT.

Our supply chain for central services is typically UK based, providing support functions and facilities, such as technology, professional and standard operating systems support to assist the company in day-to-day operational management.

Our employees

Our HR and recruitment processes are constructed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to protect employees from any mistreatment or coercion.

CTS continues to operate robust HR processes using technology from our recruitment and HR team systems, to select the best quality staff and provide effective support for staff while they work for us.

All our employees enter into a contract of employment which they are free to terminate following the appropriate notice periods as defined in the contract.

We have continued to promote a culture of wellbeing, openness, support, and responsibility including:

Training and awareness

A number of training and awareness initiatives have been completed and will continue to be reinforced including:

Supply chain survey results

All parts of our supply chain were surveyed to ascertain their understanding and compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. Results from responses indicate that:

KPI’s and looking ahead

CTS has undertaken a commitment over the next 12 months to continue to develop policies, procedures, and activities to combat slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chain. Our objectives and commitments include:

  1. To continue to monitor and improve our policies and procedures to ensure our standards are being maintained and that we remain compliant with all legal, statutory and customer requirements.
  2. To implement our Supply Chain Evaluation and Approval processes throughout the whole company to verify compliance with the Act, establish details of their approach to modern slavery, and any risks from the whole supply chain.
  3. To continue to train our managers and raise their awareness and understanding of the Modern Slavery act. To provide them with the skills required to monitor changes within our supply chain and the external environment in order to update our approach accordingly, and to ensure that the risk within our supply chain remains low and all such practices are eliminated from CTS and our associated supply chain.
  4. To continue to provide our senior management team, operational managers, and supervisors training in Modern Slavery to enable them to recognise the types of modern slavery, and how these and human trafficking can directly affect our business.
  5. To continue to communicate to all employees the CTS position and approach to the Act through our CTS News platform, all hands monthly calls, and notice board updates
  6. To continue to promote our Whistleblowing Policy and provide staff with a means of confidentially speaking up if they suspect that they, or their colleagues, may be subject to abuse of the act.
  7. To continue to build upon the excellent work promoting mental health and supporting our Mental Health First Aiders and Champions, led by the senior management team, recognising that mental wellbeing, as well as physical safety are critical to eliminating exploitation, removing threats and abuse.

 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Construction Testing Solutions Limited slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2021

Phil Coles

Chief Executive Officer

7th September 2021

Construction Testing
01302 352 652