Modern Slavery Statement

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Hawthorn Estates, to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.  

Introduction

As a charted building company, ethics are very important to us. We believe strongly that if everyone pulls together and looks after each other, everyone can have a happy and productive work life. Building positive relationships with contractors, clients and all who meet us starts from within. If our core workforce is happy this feeds into a positive environment.

Modern slavery is an issue that exists in both developed and developing economies and across business sectors. Hawthorn Estates has a zero tolerance to slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (Modern Slavery) and is committed to conducting business with honesty and integrity and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Our workforce is an inclusive and caring one, they are therefore in an advantageous position to spot signs that all is not what it should be. They are ready to help, support and report any difficulties in a confidential manner to the appropriate person.

We aim to raise awareness of this problem amongst all our associates to help reduce the ability traffickers have, to use people in the despicable way that they do.

Supply Chain Risk Assessment

We have conducted a risk assessment of our supply chain according to the nature of the goods or services, their origins, and the extent of subcontracting. All the different business in our chain are small to medium business, as a result, all the different companies know all their employees well. From this angle the risk of encountering anyone under slavery is small, however, our industry is construction and a sector that has been susceptible to infiltration by trafficking groups. Our vulnerability comes with any imported goods that then come to us through larger distribution companies (Amazon, Yodel). Monitoring this side of things is beyond us, however continuing to use and give preference to companies that are smaller, helps to minimize the risk of using slave labour in ignorance.

Due Diligence

The contractors and individuals that work alongside Hawthorn Estates Ltd, we make a point of getting to know them personally. We believe in aligning ourselves with pleasant, friendly people, not attempting to train people to ‘pretend to be nice’. Once we find people that are like-minded we stick with them, we thus know everyone who comes on site and can trust them.

Evolving Approach

As we are only a small company, keeping a hand on the above aspects is relatively straightforward. However, we are also a growing company, as our business increases in size it will become increasingly harder to ‘know everyone’. Going forward, a more stringent process and a paper trail will need to be put in place, this will ensure that the colleagues we entrust to carry out the important task of bringing new contractors and employees into the business, are aware of and making sure that we keep our business free from modern slavery.