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Petit Forestier UK Ltd Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement - Financial Year Ended 31 December 2018


This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Petit Forestier UK Ltd slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018 and forms part of our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Petit Forestier UK Ltd recognises that is has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking within its operations and supply chains.

Organisational Structure

Petit Forestier UK Ltd is part of the Petit Forestier Group who are the European leader in refrigerated vehicle and container rental. Petit Forestier UK Ltd, have depots located throughout the UK with integrated workshops, our UK Head Office is located in Dordon.

The Petit Forestier Group operates globally with its business being operational in 18 countries; the majority of which are located in Europe and North Africa. Globally the group employees in excess of 4,000 employees.

The group has a global annual turnover of €715 million

Our supply chain

Petit Forestier recognises the responsibility that we have to work with all parties in our business and supply chain to ensure that those within it are treated fairly, humanely and with respect. We believe this means ensuring that workers are not exploited or subject to unsafe or inhuman working conditions, that child labour is not used and that our staff should be free to raise any concerns or suspicions they have so that they can be investigated and acted upon. Staff are encouraged to raise any concerns with their managers or through our confidential whistleblowing procedure.

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not place anywhere in our supply chain.

To ensure those in our supply chain and contractors comply with the values described in our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement, we require them to confirm they have in place their own equivalent statement of at least the same standard and provide us with a copy of such code. Key provisions require our suppliers to agree that they will not use child labour, not allow inhumane treatment, not practise discrimination and not allow excessive hours of work.

Our people

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business and confirm that the following practises are in place;

  • No forced labour or human trafficking is practised and employment is freely chosen.
  • Evidence of having a right to live and work in the UK is checked before any employment commences.
  • Working conditions are safe.
  • Working hours are not excessive or forced.
  • A fair wage is paid.
  • No child labour is exploited.
  • No harsh, cruel or degrading practises are allowed.
  • No discrimination is practised.
  • On joining an induction is given to all employees, which covers the essential policies and information in relation to policies and procedures such as whistleblowing.

We have in place the following accessible appropriate policies and practises to enable our staff to bring concerns to our attention.

  • Code of conduct
  • Grievance policy
  • Dignity in the workplace policy
  • Health and safety policies
  • Whistleblowing policy
  • Confidential email address

We are committed to ensuring that all employees within our business are trained to ensure they are operating within the guidelines of our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy, whilst carrying out their duties including the recruitment of new employees. Training is available from the Human Resources department to ensure compliance with our policy.

Guidance may also be given to our supply chain where concerns have been highlighted.