This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and 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 the business or our supply chain.
Our business and supply chains
Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd import and manufacture fertiliser, and also operate a country store. Fertiliser is imported from all over the world and delivered throughout the country. The company maintains close relationships with all its suppliers, the largest being organisations which supply across various geographical locations. The company remains vigilant to all risks particularly with small-scale business and farms where there may be a higher risk of unlicensed manual labour.
Due diligence processes and risk assessment
Thomas Bell and Sons Ltd continue to remain vigilant within their own specific supply chains. The company has identified the following procedures to identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
1.Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
2. Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
3. Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
4.Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
5. Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
We will regularly conduct training for all staff so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if: No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Thomas Bell & Sons Limited is committed to making continuous progress with regards to the recommendations outlined in the UK House Office Guidance on the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This privacy notice tells you about the information we collect from you when you submit an enquiry to us via our website. In collecting this information, we are acting as a data controller and, by law, we are required to provide you with information about us, about why and how we use your data, and about the rights you have over your data.
Who are we?
We are Thomas Bell & Sons Ltd. Our address is Bigby Road, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 8RA. You can contact us by post at the above address, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +44 (0)1652 652933.
We are not required to have a data protection officer, so any enquiries about our use of your personal data should be addressed to the contact details above.
What personal data do we collect?
When you submit an enquiry to us, we ask you for your name, your email address and a brief description of your enquiry.
Why do we collect this information?
We will use your information to respond to your enquiry and hopefully to provide you with the information you need. We do this in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract i.e. as part of pre-sales activity.
What do we do with your information?
Your information is stored in our secure server. We have a contractual agreement with Microsoft that commits them to providing an appropriate level of safeguards for your personal data. It is not sent outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). We will read your message and normally respond to you either via telephone or via email. We may ask for your consent to retain your information in order to send you further information that we think may be of interest to you.
We will not use the information to make any automated decisions that might affect you.
How long do we keep your information for?
Your enquiry is kept in our system for one month unless you give us your consent to send you marketing information on an ongoing basis, in which case we will keep it for as long as you continue to consent.
Your rights over your information
By law, you can ask us what information we hold about you, you can see it, and you can ask us to correct it if it is inaccurate. You can also ask for it to be erased and you can ask for us to give you a copy of the information.
You can also ask us to stop using your information at any time, either by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of any email communication, or by emailing, writing or telephoning us using the contact details above.
Your right to complain
If you have a complaint about our use of your information, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website at www.ico.org.uk/concerns or write to them at:
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