Modern Slavery Statement
Arden Tunbridge Wells Limited
Modern slavery and human trafficking statement
This statement is reviewed each year and is a guideline for Arden Tunbridge Wells management and staff for the financial year. The statement represents the steps Arden Tunbridge Wells has taken during the time since acquisition in August 2020.
Modern slavery is an international crime, a violation of fundamental human rights and is estimated to affect more than 29 million people worldwide. There are many forms of modern slavery, such as slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking but the common theme is someone depriving another person of their liberty for personal or commercial gain.
Arden Tunbridge Wells Limited has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically in all our business dealings and ensuring that we have systems and processes in place to ensure modern slavery is not occurring anywhere within our business or supply chain.
This statement sets out Arden Tunbridge Wells Limited actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities since acquisition of the business on 26th August 2020.
As part of motor industry, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Organisational structure and supply chains
This statement covers the activities of Arden Tunbridge Wells Limited which operates in Kent, United Kingdom. This is the location of the business operations:
BMW, MINI & Motorrad Retailer & Service Centres: Longfield Road, Industrial Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3UE
Our associated business suppliers are our manufacturer and subsidiary companies within BMW Group UK, and other suppliers. Some of these suppliers work within the business on a day to day basis:
- Automotive Systems UK Limited - TCF/FCA Compliance Consultancy
- RJG Consultants Limited – IT
- AutoCleanz Limited – contract valetors
- SeeClear Ltd – premises cleaners
- LRDFuture Ltd – Smart repairers
The Group is committed to ensuring that no modern slavery is occurring within our supply chain or in any part of our business and to this end have adopted an anti-slavery policy, which has been communicated to all our staff.
The company operates a robust recruitment process in accordance with UK legislation, including interviews for all roles, Passport, ID and address checks and ensuring everyone employed is over the age of 16, has control and possession of their own passport, and is eligible to work in the UK.
A review of the ongoing business activities identified a supply chain of approximately 460 suppliers that were used during 2019, with a combined spend of around £6.8 million. Of the supply chain 100% were located in either the UK or EU and are considered low risk. The largest 30 suppliers accounted for 88.9% of the total spend and we are endeavouring to ensure these suppliers have robust anti-slavery procedures in place.
To ensure modern slavery is understood by our staff we have provided training to managers and supervisor staff to raise awareness and highlight any concerns staff may have. We cover modern slavery in our one-day Arden Group Induction Programme for all new starters into the business and discuss this with contracted staff who work on the company premises regularly.
Effectiveness in Combating Modern Slavery
No instances have been identified within the supply chain of modern slavery, so we have not considered it necessary to adopt any formal KPI’s, though we intend to keep this under review.
This statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement. We will revisit this following our financial year end 31st December 2020 and update this statement with our Arden statistics.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation. The statement must set out the steps that the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains, and in any part of its own business. If the organisation has not taken any such steps, it must still publish a statement to that effect.
Managing Director - Ross Daverson
This statement was approved on 10th November 2020 by the organisation's Managing Director and the management team, who will review and update it annually.
Laws and Leading statutory authority relating to this document
- Modern Slavery Act 2015
- Transparency in supply chains etc: a practical guide
- Transparency in supply chains (TISC) modern slavery and human trafficking statements registry
- Modern Slavery Act statements registry
- Stronger together initiative
- Ethical trading initiative
- Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
- Global slavery index
- Business and human rights resource centre
- International Labour Organisation: forced labour, human trafficking and slavery
- Guiding principles on business and human rights: implementing the United Nations "protect, respect and remedy" framework