making a difference Corporate Social Responsibility
Along with our values and culture commitment we take our responsibility to support the local community and improve our impact on the environment and natural resources seriously.
Our work in the community includes supporting a range of good causes through a variety of fundraising events and activities organised throughout the business. Over the last few years we have supported Rainbows, KartForce, Lennox Children's Cancer Fund, Children in Need, Macmillan, Brain Research Trust, Kidsafe, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Drug Watch Foundation and Age UK.
Furthermore at our location on Magna Park in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, due consideration has been given to sustainable features that conserve energy, our warehouses and buildings have movement sensitive lighting and we recycle packaging and waste materials.
Our mission is to further build on our engagement and work in this area with internal focus groups that have the remit to increase our impact in this important area.
CML is committed to ensuring that our team understand the risks and impact of modern slavery.
We are not legally required to produce a Modern Slavery Statement, but have opted to produce a voluntary statement as part of our commitment to upholding our values.
Despite the abolition of traditional slavery in the 19th century, slavery still exists today in many forms. Fortunately, very few governments sanction these activities, but they are still widespread and occur in almost every country in the world.
The term 'Modern slavery' encompasses activities such as the following:
The 2017 Estimates of Modern Slavery Report suggests that 24.9m people were victims of forced labour in 2016, with a further 15.4m in forced marriages, which is also considered a form of slavery.
In 2015, the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act to combat the rise of these practices and to prevent organisations from using forced labour, whether deliberately or inadvertently, in their activities. Under this legislation, large companies are required to produce a Modern Slavery Statement, underlining their commitment to eradicating slavery from their organisation and describing the actions they are taking to ensure that no forced labour is being used anywhere in their supply chain.
It is this focus on supply chain which has prompted CML to publish a statement. The Modern Slavery Act contains a specific clause entitled 'Transparency in Supply Chains', which tasks businesses with removing slavery from not only their own business, but also from their extended supply chain. As a logistics provider, many of our customers are subject to the Modern Slavery Act and as such, will need our support to remain compliant.
As a third party logistics provider, CML supplies many customers with services ranging from freight forwarding, storage of goods, VAT/duty deferment, transport and value added services (VAS) such as repackaging and embroidery. As such, we in turn use many suppliers to provide these services. Whilst it would be impractical to evaluate all of our suppliers and their employment practices, we regularly liaise with our labour providers and freight partners to ensure that they are guarding against human trafficking and forced labour in their own organisations.
Any of our suppliers who are subject to the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act must produce their own Modern Slavery Statement and we review all such statements as and when they become available. Over half of our workforce is made up of non-UK citizens and we are diligent in our referencing process to ensure that all of these employees have the right to work in the UK. However, this does not necessarily confirm that they are working for us by choice and we have implemented new policies and processes to make sure that this is the case.
The primary areas of risk for CML with regard to Modern Slavery are:
Although UK citizens may be victims of forced labour, human trafficking generally involves the exploitation of migrant workers. Therefore, the risk is greater when employing large numbers of non-UK citizens. In order to combat this, we have implemented policies and processes to increase vigilance and spot warning signs.
These processes include:
Alongside our directly-employed staff, CML also utilises temporary labour via a labour agency. We also sometimes use employment agencies to fill permanent vacancies. Some of these third party providers are considered 'large' companies for the purposes of the Modern Slavery Act and are therefore responsible for publishing their own Modern Slavery Statement and implementing similar processes to those outlined above. However, we do not simply rely on these measures and intend to draft a questionnaire for completion by labour providers to ensure that they are satisfying our requirements as well as their own. These questionnaires will be held on file and updated annually, which will allow us to monitor any changes in policy/processes by our suppliers.
Despite the overwhelming global statistics in relation to modern slavery, we do not anticipate a high volume of occurrences within CML, which will make it difficult to monitor the effectiveness of our policies and processes from a purely quantitative point of view. Therefore, we intend to measure the diligence of our processes comparatively, as follows:
We will also update our Modern Slavery Statement at the end of each financial year, detailing our successes and challenges against the measures described above.
We will also detail any new processes adopted or amendments to existing processes.
CML has always been mindful of the environmental impact of our operation but this focus has become even more important as our operation has expanded and we now operate from three sites. Although these sites are all less than two miles apart, which minimises our fuel usage, the increased energy consumption of two additional sites, some of which operate 24/7, cannot be ignored. With this in mind, we have committed to several initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, which are driven and managed by our environmental committee, with the full support of the board.
In conjunction with these goals, we continue to maintain our carbon offsetting programme, which sponsors a tree planting project. Under this project, trees are responsibly planted and maintained in various locations around the UK, most of which are near a public footpath or bridleway.
CML is committed to rewarding our staff for their hard work and reciprocating the loyalty and dedication they show on a daily basis. Given the competitive nature of the logistics industry in the UK and in Magna Park in particular, we are keen to attract and retain a high calibre of colleague. This is not just about pay and CML offers many benefits not usually available in the sector, such as free gym membership, a day off on your birthday and a comprehensive package of perks including free mobile phone insurance and discounted cinema tickets.
Of course we also recognise the main reason our employees go to work in the first place - to earn money. We take our obligations under the National Living Wage seriously and are pleased to say that all CML employees are paid more than the current minimum. We also take steps to ensure that this remains the case by reviewing all rates of pay twice yearly, with the many employees receiving a pay increase at both reviews.