This statement applies to all UK operating companies within the Advantage Smollan Group as at 31 December 2018 (referred to in this statement as “The Group”).
Founded in 2015, Advantage Smollan is a jointly-owned holding company of Advantage Solutions (Advantage) and Global Smollan Holdings (Smollan) that provides unified sales, marketing, and technology solutions for consumer goods manufacturers and retailers across Europe. The Group has its head office in Winnersh, UK with a number of offices across UK and Europe.
The Group considers that modern slavery encompasses:
The Group acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Group does not knowingly enter into business with any other organisation, in the UK or abroad, which supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. No labour provided to the Group in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Group strictly adheres to the standards required in relation to its responsibilities under the relevant employment legislation.
Our working practices respect and uphold all human rights for our employees and contractors. This approach also extends to the employees of suppliers working on our sites. Senior managers have been provided training on the requirements under the Modern Slavery Act and this will be being cascaded down to all hiring managers in due course.
If there are any genuine concerns about any wrongdoing or breaches of law, these concerns can be raised in confidence through the whistle-blower process.
Key / first tier suppliers have been identified and asked to complete a questionnaire documenting their compliance with Modern Slavery Act requirements. As the Act is still relatively new, there is an ongoing education process to ensure that all of the suppliers in our supply chain are aware of the requirements and are then pro-actively monitoring their business operations / supply chain for instances of non-compliance. To date, we have not identified any act of non-compliance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act.
The Group has defined standard supplier terms and conditions covering the requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and other UK legislations. They are in the process of being implemented for key / first tier suppliers.
We are currently reviewing our supply chain protocols and will be implementing specific measures to ensure that our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act are disseminated through our supply chain. These measures will include:
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.
24 June 2019