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Modern Slavery Act 2015

 

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  It sets out the steps taken by Amiri Construction Limited (‘the Company’) to include all divisions: Construction; Interiors; Special Works to prevent human trafficking and slavery in our business and supply chain. 

 

Our business and supply chains

 

Amiri is a Central Southern regional Main Contractor with an annual turnover of over £40 million. We are passionate about what we do and want our clients to know that their project is important to us.  We are problem solvers and bring new ideas with fresh eyes to deliver our clients vision. We will listen and learn from you, delivering exactly what you want with no surprises. This is our DIRECT approach – defining the Amiri Way and the benefits that this brings to a project.

 

Amiri carry out a range of new build, interiors and special works projects within the public and private sectors.

 

Formed in 2005, we pride ourselves on innovation, quality and success. Based in Fareham, Hampshire we are a local contractor, employing local people and delivering exceptional projects for our local community.

 

Amiri Construction acts as a principal contractor and, as such, provides management expertise to deliver building projects for our clients. Approximately three-quarters of our revenue is spent with the sub-contractors and on the materials that are required to successfully deliver contracts for our clients. We have relationships with a significant number of sub-contractors and, every day, a number of their employees will be working on our sites, led and managed by our own employees. We also rely on a number of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors which, in turn, will source products from their respective supply chains.

 

Our supply chain is an integral part of how we operate, and our success and reputation is inextricably linked to their performance and ethicality.

 

Our Core Values

 

Amiri Construction has a set of core values and policies which include ensuring our people are looked after and listened to, that we build better environments and create value for both our customers and the communities in which we operate and the legacies we leave. 

 

Our approach is to develop long-term relationships with suppliers whose policies, values and cultures, are aligned to our own.  We expect high standards of our suppliers, and they expect high standards of us – and we work together to deliver this. 

 

We have around over 500 subcontractors and suppliers registered on our Supply Chain database and each of our divisions has relationships with preferred suppliers.  Our supply chain is vetted through a robust prequalification process and we maintain a review of their performance and adherence to legislation and regulatory requirements for their role.

 

Policies and controls

 

We have a zero-tolerance approach towards Modern Slavery and human trafficking in our own operations and our supply chain.  Our policies require that our supply chain and consultants acknowledge their responsibility for adhering to our policies.

 

We have undertaken a risk assessment to identify the key procurement risks categories in our supply chain.  Our subcontractor terms and conditions (clause 43) state what we expect of our subcontractors regarding commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and our Purchase Order Conditions (19) states the same for our Suppliers. Our procurement methods are compliant with legislation, including health and safety regulations, and conform to our ethical, environmental and responsible business standards.

 

Our Equal Opportunities policy also refers to our commitment towards adhering to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected.  

 

Our Modern Slavery policy specifically prohibits activities linked to slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking.  All our suppliers are required to comply with this policy. 

 

We also operate a whistle blowing policy, aimed principally at our employees but also available to others working on our projects, that encourages employees to report any wrongdoing including human rights abuses.  All reports are formally investigated and appropriate action taken. 

 

Our minimum trading standards require all our suppliers to:

 

  • Provide their employees with good working conditions and fair treatment;
  • Respect workers’ human rights and comply fully with all applicable laws;
  • Ensure all work is voluntary, and not done under any threat of penalties or sanctions;
  • Not require workers to pay any deposits for work, and employers – whether labour users or recruiters – must not keep original identity documents;
  • Ensure that workers are free to leave work at any time, with all salary owed to be paid;
  • Comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains);
  • Implement appropriate controls to prevent Modern Slavery; and
  • Notify Amiri Construction Limited immediately if they become aware of any incidents of Modern Slavery within their supply chains.

 

Appropriate action will be taken against suppliers who breach these obligations, which may include terminating their contract. 

 

As part of our existing due diligence and risk assessment process, all of our supply chain must obtain pre-qualification clearance for approval to work with us.  Post approval, we reserve a contractual right to carry out periodic compliance audits and/or request additional information and evidence in respect of a wide range of matters which includes compliance with the Act (where applicable).

 

Training and awareness

 

All staff are aware of this policy and it has been disseminated through subcontractor and supplier documentation.

 

We will continue to develop our Modern Slavery Policy.

 

Responsibility for compliance

 

The Amiri leadership team is responsible for supplier relationships and for their division’s compliance with the Company’s Modern Slavery Policy and the Act. 

 

We will monitor the effectiveness of our actions against modern day slavery in our company and supply chain.

 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Act and was approved by the Board of Amiri Construction Limited April 2019.