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Modern Slavery Statement 2019

Our business

Rigby Taylor Limited is a leading supplier of products for the improvement, maintenance and construction of sports, amenity and landscape areas, including Grass Seed, Fertilisers, Herbicides, Fungicides, Top Dressings, Soil and Turf Improvers, Line Marking Materials and Sports Equipment. The company is committed to working closely with a number of key research based specialist suppliers, and dedicated to a policy of continuous improvement in all its activities, Rigby Taylor has introduced many new products to help UK greenkeepers and grounds people maintain and enhance their world-wide reputation for excellence in their profession.

Our ethical standards

Rigby Taylor Ltd is committed to conducting itself with the highest ethical and legal standards. We ensure that the operations within the business and its supply chain meet those standards at all times and are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We are particularly vigilant within our supply chain and within our network of other partnerships. Our current and ongoing actions include:

  • We are committed to enabling our people to recognise and respond to potential cases of modern slavery. We continue to provide information about the risks and what to look out for and have continued to communicate the Whistleblowing process. New employees receive relevant information upon joining the Company, within their induction, to ensure their awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. A copy of our Whistleblowing policy and helpline can be found at each site and on the shared internal network folders.
  • We continue to share knowledge and learnings with colleagues within our Group companies to understand their approach to ethical risk management and supplier collaboration.
  • New suppliers are required to sign their understanding and acceptance of our stance in relation to preventing Modern Slavery, asking those suppliers to provide assurances to us that they understand the requirements of the Act and are ensuring any risks within their business or supply chain are identified and managed.
  • Existing suppliers are required to complete our Modern Slavery Questionnaire, which helps us understand if there are risks in the supply chain. We will internally review responses to those questionnaires to assess any risk and take action as necessary.
  • Continuation of our internal ‘risk checks’ to ensure that any permanent or seasonal employment does not contravene our ethical standards, or any legislation.
  • We promptly answer questions posed by our customers in respect of the Modern Slavery Act who wish to know more about our operations and / or our supply chain.

Our supply chain

We supply products to the amenity sector and our supply chain is global in its reach. We source from manufacturers directly or through intermediaries. Many of our suppliers are large in scale with deemed low-risk of non-compliance to the Modern Slavery Act, however, as a Company we remain vigilant to all risks, particularly in small-scale businesses in whose sector there may sometimes be a higher risk of unlicensed manual labour. Our employees remain vigilant to this risk and through the Whistleblowing hotline are able to raise their concerns confidentially and anonymously if they choose to do so.

Company procedures

Rigby Taylor Limited is committed to ensuring our supply chain is free from human rights abuses. We actively welcome comments and suggestions from anyone within our supply chain about how we can improve our operations or further reduce any risks in our supply chain. If you have any questions regarding this issue please contact us by emailing us on:

Signed by:

Robert Beeney
Finance Director

Chris Clark
Managing Director

Date: 18th October 2019

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