This statement is Snows Motor Group Limited and its subsidiaries Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relating to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’).
Introduction from the Chairman and CEO
We oppose slavery and human trafficking in all its forms and make this statement to set out the steps we have taken to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking place in our business or in our supply chains.
Slavery and human trafficking remain a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. All Snows colleagues are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.
Organisation Structure and Business
We are primarily an automotive retailer and a provider of servicing and parts. Snows Business Holdings Limited is the parent company of a wholly owned subsidiary, Snows Motor Group Limited. The group has its head office in the UK (Southampton) and all trading outlets are in the UK (South and South West of England). The group has an annual turnover in excess of £489m.
Our business is organised across the sixteen different new vehicle brands we represent – Abarth, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cupra, FIAT, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz CV, MINI, Peugeot, SEAT, Toyota, Vauxhall, and Volvo.
Snows Motor Group considers that modern slavery encompasses:
Snows Motor Group acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We understand that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
Snows Motor Group does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom (or abroad), which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the business in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. Snows Motor Group strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation.
Our Supply Chain
In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of Snows Motor Group include those related to the supply of vehicles and parts from the manufacturers we represent.
Supplier Adherence to Our Values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values.
The Chief Operating Officers are responsible for compliance in their respective dealerships and for their supplier relationships.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
We are committed to, where possible and practical, due to the breadth of our business and supply chains, to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
We provide all colleagues with full details of this statement, along with our Code of Conduct and we have a number of policies in place which further defines our stance on modern slavery including:
Our Anti-slavery Policy 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 taking place anywhere in our supply chains. All colleagues are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this information at induction and annually via our colleague policy portal. Our management structure is familiar with these policies and are aware of their responsibilities in relation to them.
Due Diligence Process for Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk:
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to all our colleagues, and all of the Executive Board and the Directors have been briefed on the subject.In addition, our supplier chains and contractors are asked to confirm they too have met the requirements in our agreements with them.
Over the next year, we will continue to seek improvements to training processes for colleagues including widening the scope of the training to included modern slavery as well as child trafficking.
Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking
We use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains. These KPIs include but are not limited to:
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
1 January 2023
Chairman and CEO, Snows Motor Group Limited
Statement last updated 04/04/2023