This Statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and relates to the financial year ending 31 December 2017. Full details of the Freightliner companies that are covered by this statement can be found at www.freightliner.co.uk/additional-information/. This statement has been approved by Freightliner’s Executive Board.
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, Continental Europe and the Middle East. Freightliner is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W). G&W owns or leases 122 freight railroads worldwide that are organised in 10 operating regions with approximately 8,000 employees and 3,000 customers.
Our Policies 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. We will continually review our systems and controls to assess how effective we have been in meeting this commitment.
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.
- developed and shared resources, including summary documents with an overview of the Modern Slavery Act, and links to the modernslavery.co.uk website
Our supply chains
In the United Kingdom, Freightliner has over 1200 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.
We have established that all of our suppliers are based either within the UK, USA or the EU. Of these 1200 suppliers, 101 represent 88% of our total supplier expense with an annual spend of at least £200,000. A review of their corporate websites confirmed that sixty-four published anti-slavery/ human trafficking statements.
The remaining thirty seven suppliers do not publish anti-slavery/human trafficking statements prominently on their websites, and of these, six are non-UK based companies (Swiss, Polish, German, US). A further two suppliers have a turnover lower than the threshold for the application of the Act. During 2018, Freightliner will seek confirmation from these suppliers as to their policies and procedures to address modern slavery and human trafficking issues. Once this is complete, we plan to audit the next level of suppliers, those with whom we spend less than £200,000 per annum.
Our supplier conditions of trading, used for all major suppliers of goods, now clearly state the firm’s intention to step away (without penalty) if any occurrences of non-compliance with modern slavery legislation is found.
Gary Long, Chief Executive Officer – Freightliner Group Limited