Dignity and Respect

ARI has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in the ARI business or in any of its supply chains.

MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT.

Introduction

This statement sets out the actions that ARI Fleet UK Ltd (ARI) takes, in order to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that aim to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.
In previous years, our organisation has published its statement no later than 31 December and we recognise that we are publishing this statement later than expected. This is due to a reduction in staff, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

ARI and its subsidiaries are committed to treating people with dignity and respect in the workplace and in the communities where we do business, as well as to the respect and protection of human rights. ARI has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within the ARI business, or in any of its supply chains.

ARI is also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to identifying modern slavery through our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our suppliers and other business partners, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

Organisational Structure and Supply Chains

This statement covers the activities of ARI:

ARI is a leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, specialising in car, van and complex HGV fleets. Headquartered in Chippenham, the UK business provides state-of the-art fleet management solutions including vehicle funding, vehicle acquisition and remarketing, maintenance management, commercial vehicle compliance, accident management, provision of daily rental, and driver risk management service.

    • ARI procures a wide range of goods and services via a diverse and varied supply chain, including:
    •  Garages and vehicle workshops
    • Tyres and glass
    • Vehicle hire
    • Property maintenance services
    • Facilities management services
    • Communications and IT equipment services
    • Temporary/Agency staff
    • Recruitment agencies
    • Various professional services
    • Office equipment and supplies
    • Utilities

Our procurement activities take place in England; and our contractors and suppliers are predominantly UK and EU based.

We expect all companies we engage with to ensure their goods, materials and labour-related supply chains:

    • Fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and are
    • Transparent, accountable and auditable; and are
    • Free from ethical ambiguities.

In assessing risk within our supply chain we consider the following risk factors: supplier location; nature of goods / services provided; the strength of our relationship with the supplier and the supplier’s level of corporate governance.

Individuals with evidence of non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act in connection with ARI supply chains are encouraged to follow the reporting procedure outlined within our Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy.

We take a collaborative approach to our relationships with our supply chain and encourage transparency. If issues are reported we will provide guidance and support to help identify an appropriate resolution. In the instance of repeated or serious incidents we will terminate our relationship accordingly.

Countries of Operation and Supply

ARI is a part of the privately owned Holman Automotive Group, a global vehicle management organisation, managing over 2 million vehicles worldwide, with a work force of over 2,300 with offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany and the UK. The UK business operates directly in the UK only.

Relevant Policies

We operate the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and the steps we take to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

  • Public Interest Disclosure policy
    We encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our Public Interest Disclosure policy contains further details on procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can [use our confidential helpline/complete our confidential disclosure form].
  • Code of Conduct policy
    Our code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organization and we strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when managing our supply chain.
  • Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy
    Our policy sets out the Company’s expectations regarding any forms of bribery and/or corruption and provides guidelines aimed at ensuring compliance with anti- bribery laws, rules and regulations, within the UK and any other country within which the Company may carry out its business.
  • Supplier & Procurement Contracts
    We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers and any sub-contract suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to confirm that they:

    • provide safe working conditions where necessary
    • treat workers with dignity and respect
    • act ethically and within the law in their use of labour
    • pay their employees and any agency workers in compliance with all applicable employment laws and minimum wage requirements
    • take all reasonable steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking

Any instances of slavery and human trafficking connected to a supplier will entitle ARI to immediately terminate any Agreement, on providing notice to the Vendor (and without any liability by ARI to the Vendor).

Awareness

Our Modern Slavery Statement is published on both our intranet and company website and is additionally highlighted to all employees within our Employee Handbook, ensuring everyone is aware of their responsibilities regarding this.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2020.

 

Nicholas Caller
Managing Director
8th April 2021

 

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