Slavery and human trafficking statement
This statement is made by the Board of Directors of Everest Ltd, pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes Everest’s Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year 2016/2017.
Everest Ltd is a private limited company registered in England & Wales no. 04566809. It is ultimately owned by a publicly-traded investment fund, BECAP 12 Fund LP. Everest Ltd’s registered office is Everest House, Sopers Road, Cuffley, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 4SG.
Everest is a leading consumer brand specialising in the manufacture, installation and supply of uPVC, aluminium and timber windows, doors and conservatories, roofline products, garage doors, security systems, driveways and other home improvement products.
Everest has a workforce (including self-employed sales consultants, installers and service engineers) of approximately 1,450. It has two manufacturing sites (one in Sittingbourne in Kent and one in Treherbert in South Wales), two customer service centres and sixteen installation depots located around the UK. Its head office is in Cuffley.
Everest’s supply chains are almost exclusively UK-based and include sourcing of materials used in the manufacture of its products at its two manufacturing sites and fully factored products handled and distributed via its Logistics Hub in Rugby.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Policies
Everest has a dedicated Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which is communicated to all of its employed and self-employed staff. A copy of the policy is available here.
In addition, Everest’s Equality & Diversity Policy, Dignity at Work Policy, Whistleblowing Policy, Recruitment Policy and Disciplinary Procedure are all relevant (or capable of being relevant) to the subject of Slavery and Human Trafficking. We are vigilant to ensure that staff are aware of this very serious issue and have the facilities to raise concerns should they come across any information which gives any cause for concern.
Due diligence in supply chain
Everest demands the highest standards from itself and all of its business partners. To guard against slavery and human trafficking, this is never more important than in relation to its supply chains.
Our Procurement Team carefully assesses all potential new suppliers to ensure that they are both legally-compliant and ethical in their practices across a whole range of issues, including avoidance of slavery and human trafficking. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, our due diligence processes include:
- Making clear our expectations of appropriate business behaviour;
- Seeking to build long-standing relationships with suppliers and thereby over time gaining a fuller understanding of their businesses;
- Ensuring that our Tier 1 suppliers are always UK-based or have a UK trading presence
- Ensuring that our points of contact are always UK-based;
- Adopting and in turn requiring of our Tier 1 suppliers a 'one up' audit approach, with each supplier carrying out appropriate due diligence on the next supplier above them in the chain. Part of this due diligence requires these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures themselves;
- Maintaining and publicising systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of any such 'whistleblowers';
- Carrying out regular supplier audits to ensure compliance with the standards we set as detailed above
Supplier adherence to our values
We have zero tolerance for slavery or human trafficking in any form. We expect all those in our supply chain to share and adhere to our values in this regard. This enables us to be as sure as we can that all products and consumables are ethically-sourced and in ways which are consistent with the obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Whereas supplier tender responses are generally evaluated on a matrix basis, we will not do business with any supplier which does not satisfy us either:
(a) that its supply chain is free from a risk of slavery and human trafficking, or
(b) (where there are risks), that the risks have been properly identified and steps are being taking to manage the risk appropriately.
Risks and risk management
Within our own supply chain, the risk is very low. This is largely due to the fact that our suppliers are predominantly large and reputable UK-based businesses, often with sufficient turnover for them to have their own legal obligation to publish a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.
Everest uses the following Key Performance Indicators to measure our effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking has no part in our business or supply chains:
- Communication & personal contact with next link in the supply chain, ensuring their compliance with our expectations;
- Use of payroll systems and labour monitoring;
- Completing supplier audits – we aim to audit our top 20 suppliers every 6 months, the remaining suppliers every year and suppliers of suppliers every other year.
Training about slavery and human trafficking
All of our statutory directors and Executive team have been briefed on the subject of modern slavery and on our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
A similar briefing has been given to the staff working within the Supply Chain.
All of our employees and self-employed will be trained on this important topic during the course of this financial year.
Chairman and CEO