Slavery and human trafficking statement
Financial year ending 31/03/2022.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“act”) was introduced to help eradicate slavery, forced labour and human trafficking in the operations and supply chains of companies. This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Act and includes information about the Z & S Transport Ltd., its own operations and supply chains, and how we are approaching the eradication of slavery and human trafficking within our business.
Z & S Transport Ltd. is committed to preventing and mitigating exploitation, bribery and corruption. We will not accept modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking anywhere within our operations or supply chain.
Z & Z Transport Ltd. structure.
What Z & S Transport Ltd. does
Z&S Transport is one of the largest independently owned bus and coach operators in the UK. The company has been established for over 30 years.
We operate everything from local bus services to key destinations across the UK to specialist corporate transport.
Z & S Transport Operations
We directly employ more than 30 staff in Buckinghamshire, as a combination of office-based staff, mechanics, cleaners and Drivers. We are confident that our own operations are free of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking. Colleagues in Z & S Transport Ltd. work under comparable terms and conditions that are in accordance with UK employment law and we are an accredited Living Wage Employer.
We have a range of employment policies in place which ensure that our employees are fairly treated, supported, remunerated and understand the behaviour expected by the organisation.
Supply chains and risk areas
We have a team of procurement specialists managing procurement processes. The suppliers we use to deliver our activities, and our own operations, are primarily UK based.
We also create, negotiate and have access to a series of frameworks - umbrella agreements put in place with a group of suppliers who fit certain criteria and in accordance with the UK public contracts regulations 2015.
As part of our approach to maintaining a supply chain that is free of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, we require all our suppliers to provide a copy or link to their anti-slavery statement.
Where such a statement does not exist (for example, where the bidder does not meet the Act’s criteria for a statement to be produced), we require a statement from the bidder confirming that it is committed to and acts according to the moral principles of the Act.
Through our standard contract, we require suppliers to report any breach or suspected breach of the Act associated with our contract to us immediately.
We reserve our rights to terminate contracts with suppliers in the event that there is evidence of non-compliance with the Act.
Training and awareness-raising
Awareness-raising amongst our employees is key to ensuring that risk areas are recognised and employees know what to do if they become aware of any concern associated with exploitation.
The Modern Slavery policy and this statement are also actively shared with all staff to help colleagues understand their responsibility as individuals to report the behaviour which they believe suggests a breach of the Act.
Z & S Transport Ltd. whistleblowing policy includes appropriate guidance for staff in reporting any suspicion of inappropriate or illegal behaviours. Concerns can also be raised with line managers.
Actions in the last reporting year
In the last reporting year, we have:
Published a Modern Slavery Policy
Provided a mandatory training for all staff
Completed a Cabinet Office Modern Slavery assessment which has helped us identify areas for improvement
We have not received any reports of potential or actual breaches of the Act and no procurements or contracts have been terminated as a result of concerns regarding compliance with the Act.
In the coming financial year (to 31 July 2021), we will:
Map our supply chain to better understand where risks to our modern slavery commitments exist and identify areas of higher risk for further review
Identify key performance measures regarding the mitigation of modern slavery in our supply chain
Share our Modern Slavery policy with suppliers and request that it is cascaded to their employees
Launch an active approach to checking compliance with modern slavery policies during contract periods and at completion of contracts
Continue to raise awareness of the Act within Z & S Transport Ltd.
This statement will be made available on the Z & S Transport Ltd. website via a prominent link from the homepage, alongside our Modern Slavery policy. It will, in addition, be provided on request to all those organisations in receipt of Z & S Transport Ltd. services. This statement will also be referenced in the Z & S Transport Ltd. trustees’ report and financial statements.