This statement is made pursuant to section 54(6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within the business or supply chain.
RJ McLeod operates within the civil engineering market working from offices in Glasgow and Dingwall. It is one of Scotland’s largest privately owned construction companies employing some 450 staff and operatives.
Since its formation in 1951, RJ McLeod has been associated with a variety of civil engineering disciplines. Today our portfolio includes site infrastructure, public realm, both local and national road construction, energy, marine, waterways, work in the water industry and land remediation and development. Over the years the Company has developed a tried and tested supply chain where mutual respect has been key to the success of the business.
RJ McLeod has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and human trafficking in all its different forms and is committed to acting ethically and responsibly in its business relationships and to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not present in any part of its business or in its supply chain.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to work. The Company complies with the applicable employment laws and its obligation is to ensure fairness in the hiring and advancement of all employees, both permanent and temporary, without discrimination. All of our staff have a personal responsibility for maintaining a respectful work atmosphere, free of abusive or unprofessional conduct. Every employee is expected to respect other people and treat them with dignity.
The Company’s commitment to respect in the workplace includes our full support for international efforts to promote ethical principles and practices related to the prevention of the exploitation and abuse associated with modern slavery and human trafficking. RJ McLeod also expect commitment to these principles from all organisations with which we do business and will not support or do business with any party knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting our business in an ethical and transparent manner and these include an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy and an Equal Opportunities Policy. Furthermore, we have made commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility and in our recruitment procedures we have robust checks in place to ensure eligibility to work in the UK. Also, we operate an open door management system whereby employees are encouraged to raise matters of concern with senior management.
Additionally, the Company operates management systems, accredited under the British Standards Institute. Within the control of these systems, our procurement processes define the procedures for the obtaining goods and services from subcontractors and suppliers. Our vendor evaluation procedures help in the identification of areas in our supply chain where modern slavery and human trafficking could be present. We expect our subcontractors and suppliers to comply with the principles set out in this Statement. Additionally, we are an accredited employer under The Living Wage Foundation which means that our employees are paid at a level not less than The Living Wage. Our terms of subcontract require a similar commitment from our supply chain.
Our operations mean that we have no direct contact with countries that are generally regarded as being the most likely to have a risk of modern slavery or human trafficking. Notwithstanding this we will monitor the effectiveness of our actions against modern slavery and human trafficking. Next steps may include: developing further standards to support our commitment against modern slavery and human trafficking, increasing awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking amongst our staff and providing training where necessary and continuing to assess the risks associated within our supply chain.
This statement was approved by the RJ McLeod Board of Directors.