This Statement details the steps we have taken during the last financial year towards ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place either in our organisation or our supply chain. Zenith has a long-standing commitment to conducting business ethically and the prevention of slavery and human trafficking is an important part of that commitment.
Following the risk assessment which is detailed later in this Statement, we have assessed our exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking as low.
The Zenith Group consists of Zenith Vehicle Contracts Limited and Leasedrive Limited and employs over 500 employees in the UK. We are the UK's leading independent leasing, vehicle outsourcing and fleet management provider.
Our supply chain
We have categorised our supply chain into four groups:
•Non-direct / ad hoc
We are in the process of embedding a specific commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking into our Environmental & Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, which will be available on our website together with this Statement. This Policy commitment will be underpinned by the following:
•Zero tolerance approach, reinforced by the Staff Handbook and staff training
•A procurement policy incorporating pre-contractual supplier due diligence
•Regular risk assessments
We are also in the process of launching a Supplier Code of Conduct (“Code”) which communicates our ethical approach to doing business to our suppliers, including slavery and human trafficking. The Code requires our suppliers to have in place effective policies and procedures which reflect similar ethical commitments and to cascade this down their own supply chain. Any violations must be reported to Zenith and failure to adhere to the Code may result in a termination of supply, reduced volume of business or non-inclusion in future tender opportunities.
Our approach to assessing and managing risk
We assess risk in our supply chain through consultations with relevant internal stakeholders. Risk factors include: the location of the supplier, the nature / type of the goods or services provided, the level of control we have over the supplier, the levels of corporate governance demonstrated by the supplier and the supplier’s own supply chain.
Following this consultation process we have assessed our exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking as low for the following reasons:
• We are entirely UK based.
• Almost all of our direct suppliers have strong levels of corporate governance and are based in countries where slavery and human
trafficking are low risk.
• We perceive our greatest exposure to risk (albeit still limited) is further down our supply chains – broadly where workers receive low pay
for low skill work, or where raw materials and manufacturing originate in high risk countries. Activities further down our supply chain
are out of our direct control. As such we have focussed our efforts on our direct suppliers, most of which are UK-based and therefore
obliged to comply with the Modern Slavery Act as well.
We believe that our anti-slavery and human trafficking strategy described in this Statement is proportionate to the risks we face in our business and supply chain and any risks are mitigated by existing and new policies, procedures, training and diligent procurement processes.
Our due diligence processes
Our supply-chain due diligence processes are proportionate to the level of assessed risk and the level of control or influence we have in each relationship.
Where we take on a new supplier we require them to respond to our pre-contractual due diligence questionnaire which will specifically address slavery and human trafficking. All new suppliers will also be required to agree to our Code of Conduct.
Our Code will be launched initially across the core in-life suppliers which represent the vast majority of our supply-chain. Subsequently we will look to launch the Code, where possible, across the large corporate and non-direct / ad hoc supplier groups. We will also aim to conduct monitoring and audit of target suppliers to ensure compliance with the Code.
As part of our group-wide training programme we will include training on slavery and human trafficking. All new starters are issued with the Staff Handbook which will include a reinforced commitment to anti-slavery alongside the policy commitment in the Environmental & Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We will track various metrics throughout the course of the year and report on these in our subsequent Statement.