The Clipper Group is a leading provider of value-added logistics solutions, e-fulfilment and returns management services. The Clipper Group continues to focus on developing innovative, cost effective solutions that address the needs of our customers. Clipper Logistics plc is the parent company of the Clipper Group, which is made up of the following companies:
Clipper Logistics plc
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*The Modern Slavery Statement does not cover these entities.
The Clipper Group has a combined annual turnover of £500 million.
Our business is managed through two distinct operating segments: value-added logistics services (comprising e-fulfilment & returns management services and non-e-fulfilment logistics); and commercial vehicles. The first segment includes the receipt, warehousing, value-added processing, stock management, picking, packing and despatch of products on behalf of customers to support their online trading activities (e-fulfilment) or on behalf of customers generally (non-e-fulfilment), as well as a variety of ancillary and traditional retail support services. The second segment operates commercial vehicle dealerships from five locations, together with three sub-dealerships. It sells new and used vehicles, provides servicing and repair facilities, and sells parts.
Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationship and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
You can see a copy of our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking policy here.
Our supply chain includes organisations within the e-commerce and retail sectors.
What Are We Doing to Prevent Modern Slavery?
We believe that, in conjunction with the rigorous policies implemented by our clients and suppliers, we can drive out any aspects of human trafficking and slavery from our supply chains. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have in place a number of systems to:
2. mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
3. monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains; and
4. protect whistle blowers.
To demonstrate the steps we are taking to identify and mitigate risk, we are a member of the Good Business Charter, an accreditation which recognises responsible business practices by measuring performance over 10 different business behaviours.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we also provide training to our staff. We educate our employees regarding the types of factors that can indicate whether any worker (permanent or temporary) in the Clipper Group’s supply chain is subject to undue influence. In doing so, the Clipper Group actively encourages employees to report any suspicious activity to the Group Human Resources Director, acting in his capacity as Compliance Manager.
In addition, the Clipper Group operates an anonymous and independent compliance hotline called “SeeHearSpeakUp” for employees, agency workers and/or contractors which allows them to raise any concerns they may have. The hotline is operated by an independent third party that, once they have interviewed the employee about the concern raised, reviews the matter and escalates the issue to the Group Human Resources Director or other nominated senior managers, as applicable. This encourages employees to highlight any concerns or potential evidence of modern slavery and ensures that all matters raised through this hotline are addressed at board level.
We also undertake, on an annual basis, an ethical audit of our own facilities and our employment partners’ facilities to ensure compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative base code requirements. The Clipper Group has a preferred supplier list of labour agency partners and the organisations on that list will not be engaged unless they demonstrate a commitment to the same standards and agree to undertake this audit and comply with non-conformance remediation plans within prescribed time periods.
Supplier Adherence to Our Values
We only work with suppliers who treat their obligations regarding modern slavery with the level of importance that the Clipper Group does. We will not work with any organisation within our supply chain that is unable to demonstrate a corresponding commitment to modern slavery and human trafficking, irrespective of whether they are required to do so statutorily or otherwise. Where possible, we build long-standing relationships with our customers and major suppliers, making clear our expectations of business behaviour. All suppliers are notified of the Clipper Group’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy and are expected to comply with it.
The Clipper Group conducts rigorous checks to verify the identity of each worker and their right to work in the UK. We audit our agency suppliers against legislative compliance, including compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:
2. Working with our behavioural auditing partners, we will continue to develop and augment the rigour of the Ethical Auditing process to ensure that we are interrogating all relevant areas of our supply chain.
This statement has been approved by Clipper Logistics plc’s board, who will review and update it annually, and has been personally executed by Tony Mannix, Chief Executive Officer.