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Forest Holidays Modern Slavery Act Statement

Forest Holidays Modern Slavery Act Statement

About Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays is UK based short-break holiday business, operating across 10 locations on the UK public forest estate. The Group has approximately 600 employees and supports local communities and local tourism. We believe we have a responsibility to manage our business so that it impacts positively on those who come into contact with us.

This statement sets out the steps taken, and those which Forest Holidays intends to take in the future, to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

Forest Holidays Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest Holidays Group Limited. This statement is published on behalf of Forest Holidays Group Limited and Forest Holidays Limited in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("MSA"), and references to “we”, “us” or “our” are to both.

Supply Chain

For us, buying locally cements our relationship with the community around us and it makes each of our locations unique. We also endeavour to use local contractors and tradespeople onsite and we forge partnerships with local activity providers.

The goods and services we purchase allow us to provide the best holiday experiences possible. Our supply chain is made up of; goods for retail, food and beverage, business services, consumables and disposables, and construction and property.

Policies and Procedures

Forest holidays is in the process of reviewing and implementing our Ethical Sourcing Policy which applies to all parts of our business, including our supply chain and business partners. It 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.

During the last financial year we started to put in place systems and procedures to: 

• Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chain – using a risk based approach we looked at supplier spend, location and type of product or service;
• Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chain - by requiring key suppliers to complete a modern slavery questionnaire and to sign up to T&Cs containing MSA and wider supply chain ethics provisions; and
• Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chain – by collating and assessing the modern slavery questionnaires and taking remedial action where necessary and including modern slavery and human trafficking questions within all relationship review meetings.

As part of our wider commitment to promoting ethical business practices, we have a number of other policies in place including Anti Bribery and Corruption and Whistleblowing.

More generally, we are fully committed to promoting corporate social responsibility ("CSR") and details of our CSR approach are available here.

Implementation

Our Finance Director takes responsibility for implementing and monitoring progress of our MSA objectives. The Forest Holidays Group Limited Board of Directors approves our MSA statement on an annual basis.

Our MSA statement will  be posted on both the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and Transparency in Supply Chains MSA registries. We have also registered our nominated contact on the Home Office's newly introduced Modern Slavery Contact Database.

Monitoring and Reporting

If we become aware of an instance of modern slavery or human trafficking occurring in any of our supply chains, we will work to resolve the issue through legitimate and proportionate procedures.

Any significant problems identified in relation to modern slavery should be immediately reported to our Procurement Manager, whose contact details can be found at the end of this statement.

Training

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, we are intending to provide over the next financial year targeted training to key employees responsible for the procurement of goods and services. We will roll this out to other wider areas of the business in the future.

Board Approvals

The Forest Holidays Group Limited Board of Directors approve this statement on 29 March 2019. 

Jon Ellis
Director
Forest Holidays Group Limited
Forest Holidays Limited

This statement is made in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our anti‐slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 1 March 2018.