Updated 01 August 2022
Shorefield Holidays Ltd has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings, and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business or our supply chain. As a family business, we always expect to conform to the highest ethical standards with such standards set out across our people policies.
We were founded in 1958; comprise of 8 holiday parks, operate only in the UK and abide by all UK employment laws. As such we are a low risk of modern slavery in relation to our employee base.
We follow a strict recruitment process to verify eligibility to work and all new employees are fully inducted into the company. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity and diversity in employment in line with the Equality Act 2010. As an equal opportunities’ employer, we’re committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We operate a whistle blowing policy and any reports will be fully investigated and appropriate actions will be taken. All our policies are openly available to all employees and are contained in the Employee Handbook, which can be accessed from our internal document storage area in each department, or online on our Shorefield People Employee Portal.
Our main suppliers are all UK registered and most have a long history with our business. We currently do not have the relevant information to confirm what our suppliers have in place; however, we are in the process of contacting them (August 2022) to raise awareness of our own policies and to request a copy of their policies relating to modern slavery. Although we recognise that some of our suppliers fall below the government threshold of having to publish their own policy, we wish to seek assurance that they too are taking steps to eradicate modern slavery.
We consider our main risks to be third party contract labour in the construction industry, contract cleaning, caravan, costume and toy manufacturing. The company will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking. We have internal procedures in place for procurement (purchasing) and we carry out due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier.
We the Directors, recognise our human rights responsibilities. We will be working to assess and respond to the risk of and any incidences of modern slavery. We will publish updates when further progress is made. We will carry out an audit of our supplier chain, targeting high risk areas to ensure our understanding of our suppliers’ policies and practices. This will further raise awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Rights and will affirm our zero-tolerance approach. We will continue to request acceptance of our policy and will remove any supplier from our approved supplier list should any instances of modern slavery come to light. This audit will be on-going, and we expect to be able to disclose our findings in future updates.
This statement, our CSR policy and further information on Modern Slavery is available via the Employee Handbook. Training will be provided in due course to existing staff and at future Inductions to increase awareness of the policies to embed our culture of learning and joint ownership in tackling modern slavery.
This statement sets out the steps taken by Shorefield Holidays Ltd, pursuant to section 54, part 5 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.