VVB

VVB

About Us

Policies

Mission Statement

Our leadership and focus is based on a clear understanding which represents value to the client and most importantly the end user.
VVB’s overall vision for the organisation is to create a culture of continual improvement for the individual and operations / systems to drive effective and efficient project delivery through enhanced skills, ownership, processes, responsibilities and accountability.

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Policy

Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. The Company has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all of its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Company also expects the same high standards from all of its suppliers, contractors and other business partners and, as part of its contracting processes, it includes specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery, and expects that its suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standards.

Identifying potential victims of modern slavery can be a challenge because the crime can manifest itself in many different ways. There is a spectrum of abuse and it is not always clear at what point, for example, poor working practices and lack of health and safety awareness have become instances of human trafficking, slavery or forced labour in a work environment. In addition, some suppliers may go to great lengths to hide the fact that they are using slave labour. However, the Company accepts that it has a responsibility through its due diligence processes to ensure that workers are not being exploited, that they are safe and that relevant employment, health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications.

This policy applies to all individuals working for the Company or on the Company’s behalf in any capacity, including employees, directors, officers, agency workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, consultants and business partners.

Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction

This statement sets out the VVB Group’s and its subsidiary companies’ (including VVB M&E Ltd, VVB Engineering (UK) Ltd and VVB Engineering (International) Ltd) actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business in accordance to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It details the steps put in place to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the Company’s own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 25th October 2018 to 30th September 2019.

Our Company

VVB provides Mechanical and Electrical Installation services for a variety of industries with specialist expertise in the construction, maintenance and refurbishment of road and rail tunnels in the UK. We are making continual efforts to understand, raise awareness and engage with our employees and supply chain around the risks of modern slavery.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights and takes various forms; slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which deprive a person’s liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
As part of the Engineering and Construction Sector, VVB recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
The Company is committed to responsible operations, particularly regarding human rights issues and have a zero-tolerance approach to human trafficking and other forms of slavery within our operations and throughout our supply chains.

Our Supply Chain

At VVB, maintaining a high-quality supply chain is key to ensuring modern slavery and human trafficking do not take place. Our approach to supplier governance goes through two assessment routes:

  • Internally – via a subcontractor questionnaire (PQQ)
  • Externally – through the Achilles accreditation scheme (Building Confidence or UVDB) and Constructionline

Through this, we assess suppliers against an array of standards, including modern slavery and human trafficking, ensuring that our business and supply chains always act ethically with integrity.

Relevant Policies

Unethical labour practices including modern slavery and human trafficking are often hidden and the signs can be difficult to spot. VVB have several policies designed to manage and mitigate against modern slavery and human trafficking. These policies are continually assessed for responsible business practices to maintain and control governance to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or across our supply chain. As a result of this, we ensure our policies and procedures are robust so that our operations meet our standards of practice.

The following relevant policies support our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking:

  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Responsible Procurement Policy
  • Sustainability Policy
  • Recruitment Policy
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Awareness-raising Programme

Modern slavery and human trafficking awareness is increasingly incorporated into VVB operations through the following actions.

VVB have signed up to the GLAA Construction Protocol Scheme to ensure increased collaboration in preventing unethical labour practices.

If our workers have any concerns or suspect any incidents of unfair treatment either within our business or supply chain, they are empowered and expected to spot the signs and report concerns as identified in our Whistleblowing Policy. This provides a confidential mechanism for our employees and others working within our supply chain to report suspected modern slavery practices.

For further awareness regular Toolbox Talks are encouraged and presented on spotting the signs of Modern Slavery and how to report any concerns. Our workers are encouraged to make full use of available resources for best practice from the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Next Steps

VVB will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our actions against modern slavery and human trafficking.

VVB has recently competed a full review of our labour supply chain ensuring that only specified, reputable employment agencies are used to source workers. All new agencies are verified through a stringent assessment process.

The Group believes in sharing best practice to help increase awareness and reduce risk. To do so, we are incorporating spotting the signs of Modern Slavery into the on-boarding process for all new starters joining the business and are developing a mandatory e-learning platform with relevant content to support this initiative.

During 2019, we intend to develop our current training programme and toolbox talks portfolio with ongoing reviews. As part of our continual improvement programme using guidance from ISO26000 and ISO20400 we are incorporating supply chain mapping and a series of Ethical Audits focusing on those products and services we work closely.

We are also completing a review of all VVB policies and codes of conducts to help further develop standards relating to modern slavery and human trafficking.

This statement is made in pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes VVB’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th September 2019 with approval by the Board and Managing Director of the VVB Group.