Modern slavery is a heinous crime and Coombes Forestry Ltd (“COOMBES”) operates a zero-tolerance commitment to slavery and human trafficking. Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”), COOMBES is dedicated to ensuring that human trafficking, slavery, forced or compulsory labour and/or servitude does not take place at any point in our business or in our supply chains.
Our Structure and Supply Chains
COOMBES has 70 employees and approximately 150 agency workers, who are predominantly based across south-central England. COOMBES and its operations are entirely based in the UK.
Operating in the Rail, Forestry and Civil Engineering sectors, COOMBES bids to public, private and voluntary sector organisations for contracts for work through structured business development processes. We are also contracted directly by private landowners or businesses for forestry and vegetation works. Additionally, we hire out various heavy plant machinery, predominantly for use in the Rail and Forestry sectors.
To achieve its business objectives, COOMBES purchases or hires heavy plant machinery, vehicles, tools, mechanical equipment, PPE (personal protective equipment), IT hardware and peripherals and office equipment. In doing so, COOMBES works with nearly 200 suppliers, all of which are based in the UK. COOMBES considers therefore, that there is a relatively low risk of modern slavery and/or human trafficking occurring within its supply chain.
COOMBES recognises that due diligence processes and reporting are essential management tools that improve risk identification.
Suppliers and Contractors
We undertake stringent due diligence processes to ensure we only use suppliers and contractors who share our commitment to ethical practices. By working to secure a transparent supply chain through operating due diligence, COOMBES seeks to prevent modern slavery from occurring in the course of our operations.
We undertake the following courses of due diligence:
We conduct all business in an ethical manner and are committed to being a transparent organisation. We do not consider there to be a high risk of slavery or human trafficking within COOMBES’s workforce; however we undertake the following courses of due diligence across the Company
Future Performance Indicators
In our business year 2023, COOMBES employees involved with our suppliers and contractors, in particular Purchasing, Commercial, Accounts and Managers, will undergo anti-slavery and human trafficking training. In October 2023, COOMBES will observe Anti-Slavery Day across the business and its operations, and campaign to raise awareness amongst employees and sub-contractors of the dangers and consequences of modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
COOMBES is growing our Commercial, Purchasing and Quality and Compliance teams in 2023, adding to the skills, experience and expertise already held in this area. This will further enhance our ability and capacity to ensure internal and external processes and systems relating to suppliers, contractors and employees are being adhered to, and identify areas for further improvement.
Coombes takes responsibility for this Statement and its related objectives, and to review and update it in accordance with the Act.
Shane Coombes, Managing Director