Modern Slavery Statement

This statement has been produced in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, section 54. It constitutes our Modern Slavery Statement for Aqualisa Holdings (International) Limited group including Aqualisa Products Limited for the financial year ending 31st December 2020.  The group is referred to as Aqualisa throughout this statement.

OUR COMMITMENT

Aqualisa is opposed to all forms of unethical business behaviour. We recognise the harmful impact that modern slavery has on individuals and society and we are committed to help prevent these illegal practices.

Aqualisa acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Aqualisa understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.

Aqualisa does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

No labour provided to Aqualisa in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. Aqualisa strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the UK, and in many cases exceeds those minimums in relation to its employees.

SUPPLY CHAINS

In order to fulfil its activities, the Business’s main supply chains include those related to the manufacture of components as well as in some instances finished products, spares and accessories. We understand that the Business’s first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contracted relationships with lower-tier suppliers.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

Aqualisa considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist in the components and products supply chain where their production may involve the provision of labour in a country where protection against breaches of human rights may be limited.

In general, Aqualisa considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor Aqualisa of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.

STEPS

Aqualisa carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.

Aqualisa has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.

In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Aqualisa has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:

  • reviewing supplier contracts to include termination powers if the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery
  • reviewing supplier policies to ensure that they are up to date and relevant
  • ensuring staff are aware of the Business’s zero tolerance policy toward modern slavery

If modern slavery is exhibited or suspected by Aqualisa originating from a supplier;

  • The supplier is to be immediately suspended as an approved supplier
  • Further checks made with the supplier to confirm or deny any suspicions
  • If suspicions are founded, then the supplier is to be removed from our approved supplier list
  • In addition, any customer or supplier found to be in breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, may have contracts which exist between Aqualisa and the supplier cancelled

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Aqualisa has set the following key performance indicators to measure its effectiveness in ensuring modern slavery is not taking place in Aqualisa or its supply chains.

  • All staff in Aqualisa to be fully conversant with its modern slavery policy and signed off within the HR system that they have completed this task
  • First-line suppliers to have their Slavery policies checked and monitored on an annual basis
  • All suppliers used within Aqualisa to be checked for overall quality and adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Suppliers who do not come up to the required standard will be removed from our approved supplier list until such time as they do

TRAINING

Aqualisa provides the following training to staff to effectively implement its stance on modern slavery

  • Training on induction covering all our internal policies including modern slavery
  • Training on induction to explain what we are looking for when considering a new supplier to add to the approved supplier list
  • An annual refresher for all staff to review and sign off that they have read and understood all sections of the staff and company manuals

SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Aqualisa has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action regarding Aqualisa’s obligations in this regard.

MEMBERSHIP

Aqualisa is an associate member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), an organisation whilst not an approvals or certification body, assists in the reduction of risk and the protection of reputation when entering into a supplier agreement by enabling the global sharing of information within the supply cain. 

We will continue to develop our approach, review our progress and publish an updated statement annually.

This statement is approved by the Board of Aqualisa Products Limited in relation to the financial period ending 31st December 2020.

Colin Sykes

CEO

12th March 2021