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Anti-Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction from the Chief Executive, Ian Burns.

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. 

As an organisation we recognise that slavery and human trafficking remains a hidden blight on our society and remain committed to ensuring that there is no modern-day slavery and human trafficking in any part of our business. We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to ensure that we identify and minimise any such activity, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain.

Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and abuse reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls in place to allow us to do so effectively.

We will do this by use of tools such as processes, policies and procedure, through training of our staff, and by having robust support and protections in place for those who do report any issues which are discovered.

The Company Directors take responsibility for implementing our policies and delivering its objectives and shall provide adequate resources (training etc.) and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the organisation or within its supply chains.

Organisation structure

Tara Group is primarily involved in the construction of housing. Our Head Offices are in Staffordshire, England. The Group has over 260 employees and operates across the Midlands. The Group has a global annual turnover of £200m in 2021.

The main business units within the Group are:

  • Chasetown Civil Engineering
  • Cameron & Galliers Homes
  • Keon Homes

Each business listed above has its own anti-modern slavery statement and policies which detail the steps taken to address the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-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 chains.

An Anti-Modern Slavery Policy has been adopted within each of the Group Companies and which will be followed and adhered to, and for which the Directors of each of the Companies have direct responsibility.

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards. 

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

We have in place systems to:

  • Continually audit and review our practices for checking all employees and workers:
    • Addresses to reduce the risk of any duress,
    • Are paid at least the minimum wage
    • Have the right to work in the UK.
  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to employees where their role requires. Within any training we will look to train our staff how to identify and deal with any issues, about the existence and content of our policies, and as part of any training we reinforce the protection available to anyone who discovers any untoward conduct, and who requires whistleblowing protection.

Further steps

Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken this year 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:

  1. More stringent vetting and investigation of our supply chains (contractors, sub-contractors, policies contracts etc.) and written commitment to comply with our policy
  2. Implement training sessions for our employees to help them identify potential issues of modern slavery. 
 

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 2021. It was approved by the Board on 05 January 2021.

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Ian Burns, Chief Executive

Dated: 05 January 2021