1. Opening statement
Blueleaf is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers.
2. Structure of the organisation
Blueleaf is a leading supplier of consumables, medical equipment, furniture and fit out services to the care sector. It employs 160 people in the UK, and has business operations in Canada.
Blueleaf has a global annual turnover of £ 40m. To find out more about the nature of our business, please click here www.blueleafcare.com
In order to provide a comprehensive supply of products and services to the care sector, we work with a range of suppliers within the UK, Europe and the Far East supplying a wide range of consumables, equipment and furniture for distribution in the UK and Canada.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we have implemented the following policies:
- Modern Slavery
- Anti-bribery and Anti-Corruption
- Slavery and Human Trafficking
- Human Rights
- Race Relations
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Employment of Ex-Offenders
- Employment and Recruitment
We also make sure our suppliers are aware of our policies, and adhere to the same high standards.
4. Due diligence
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted the following due diligence procedures:
- Anti-bribery and Corruption Gifts and Hospitality Policy
- Supplier Statement of Commitment in Procurement, incorporating:
- Equality and Diversity and
- Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Questionnaires
Our procedures are designed to:
- establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
- monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains
- reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains
- provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers.
5. Risk and compliance
Blueleaf regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain by assessing activities made up of five main phases; plan, source, make, deliver, and sell. Questionnaires help to analyse many attributes of the final "sell" phase in Blueleaf's total supply chain, and identifies improvement opportunities based on the answers/findings
We do not consider that we operate in high risk sectors or locations because of the Nursing and Care Industry standards and quality compliance.
Where we have identified a potential risk the Heads of Department complete a quarterly schedule describing the:
- Risk and Implication thereof
- Mitigating Strategies
- Evaluation based on likelihood and potential
- Actions proposed/taken
- Improvements and Industry practice
- Final rating.
We ensure all our suppliers adhere to our Anti- Slavery Policy. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains.
We invest in educating our staff to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through our training programmes, employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of the organisations anti-slavery and human trafficking policy. Employees are taught the benefits of stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our business and supply chains. Examples of training courses available include:
- Modern Slavery Act – Preventing Exploitation
- Modern Slavery – Practical Steps for Procurement.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Blueleaf Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
for the financial year commencing 1st January 2019 and ending 31st December 2019.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 2nd April 2019.