This Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and relates to the financial year ending 31 December 2021. This Statement covers all companies within the Freightliner Group, in particular those entities, which under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, are mandated to publish an annual Modern Slavery Statement:
Freightliner Limited Freightliner
Heavy Haul Limited
This statement has been approved by the directors of the Freightliner Group of companies.
Our Organisation’s Structure
Freightliner is an established provider of intermodal and bulk freight haulage, operating services across the entire UK rail network and employing over 2500 employees in the UK and Continental Europe. Freightliner is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W). G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads worldwide that are organised in 5 operating regions with approximately 7,500 employees and 3,000 customers.
Our Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking
Consistent with the G&W core values which relate to respect and integrity, Freightliner is committed to implementing and enforcing effective policies, systems and controls to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business operations or our supply chains.
Our Supply Chains
In the United Kingdom, Freightliner has over 1500 suppliers across a wide range of sectors, including the rail infrastructure operator (Network Rail), engineering suppliers, fuel suppliers, road transport suppliers, port companies, asset lessors, information technology service providers, insurance and facilities management companies. In addition, the firm works with a number of professionals, consultants, and contractors.
What Have We Done?
Policies and procedures
We have enabled our people to understand more about modern slavery and our requirements by the adoption of a Modern Slavery Policy, setting out the background to the legislation, our policies and procedures in this regard as well as providing guidance to our employees on how to report any suspicions they may come across, including reinforcement of our confidential whistleblowing policies.
To effectively promote Modern Slavery legislation our supplier conditions of trading clearly state our expectations that our suppliers will comply with the modern slavery legislation and affirm our intention to step away (without penalty) if any occurrences of non-compliance with modern slavery legislation is found.
Effectiveness of our procedures
In the financial year to 31st December 2021, there were no reported breaches relating to modern slavery made to our whistleblowing hotline, nor any instances of remedial action being required with respect to any of our suppliers.
We continually review our systems and controls to assess how effective we have been in in ensuring that here is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains and will make improvements and changes where necessary.