Modern Slavery Statement

The Whitecode Group is committed to continuously improving its high standards to combat slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chain, and in acting ethically and with integrity in its business relationships. This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes Whitecode Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2017. It covers the activities of Whitecode Group and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Whitecode Design Associates, Whitecode Developments, Walker Mower Partnership, Vitech Services Ltd.

Our Organisation:

Whitecode Group is a Building Services Design company which delivers innovative and quality Building Services Engineering planning, provides advice on sustainability, offers project management expertise and building maintenance. We have around 100 staff ranging from highly qualified Engineers, CAD designers to our essential support teams. Our staff are largely directly employed and are not in any category which is generally seen to be vulnerable to modern slavery in this country, so our focus is to ensure there are policies and procedures in place for our contractors and suppliers. Our own recruitment processes are deemed to be robust and thorough.

Our supply chain:

Whitecode Group uses a wide range of suppliers who supply goods for internal company usage, provide services and support our operations.
Having reviewed our business operations and relationships, we believe that the area of highest modern slavery risk is in the supply chain supporting our clients to turn our plans into reality.

Due diligence:

Whitecode Group carries out comprehensive due diligence on suppliers in high-risk areas and has developed procedures for assessing and auditing those suppliers. This ensures that we only select suppliers who comply with our high standards and policies. All suppliers must provide evidence of their Modern Slavery statements.

Policies:

Whitecode Group has a number of policies which aim to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain.

These include:

  • Working with Suppliers and Partners Policy which sets out internal requirements for buying goods and services and covers issues of human rights, child and forced labour and modern slavery.
  • Whistleblowing Policy which encourages staff to report any concerns including any related to modern slavery/trafficking and child and forced labour.

Training:

Focused training is provided to staff with responsibility for purchasing to raise awareness and compliance with our policies.

Looking ahead:

We will continue to review our procurement process and engage with our suppliers. We also plan to review our Suppliers and Partners Policy and will provide further training on modern slavery as appropriate.