We are committed to continually improving our practices in order to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain. We expect the same high standards from our suppliers.
Funeral Partners Ltd (Company Number: 06276941) meets the criteria in Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and it is therefore required to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement.
Funeral Partners Ltd is part of the Funeral Partners Group and its ultimate parent company is Funeral Partners TopCo Ltd (Company Number: 09622057). Funeral Partners Ltd has around 750 people in its workforce, and we operate in the United Kingdom only. Funeral Partners Ltd is making this statement on behalf of the Funeral Partners Group as the principal trading company.
Funeral Partners Ltd owns operates funeral homes in the United Kingdom. The company is also affiliated with the Alternative Planning Company Limited (Company Number: 08635411), which provides funeral pre-payment plans and Lockerley Stone & Masonry Ltd (Company Number: 02725887), which supplies memorial masonry.
Our supply chains
In order to provide personalised and relevant products and service to our clients, we work with a broad range of suppliers. We consider some of our key suppliers to be those providing the following products and services:
– Coffins and related products e.g. ashes caskets/urns
– Memorial masonry
– Funeral stationery
– Technology equipment
We have identified that memorial masonry, technology equipment and uniform provision may give rise to a higher risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain. The following reasons explain the focus on these particular three areas:
– Uniform and technology equipment: These products are specifically called out in the Global Slavery Index as higher risk in the UK marketplace and are likely to involve a complex supply chain
– Memorial masonry: The extraction process of the stone poses a higher risk in the supply chain of modern slavery
To support our commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain, we have in place the following policies:
– Due diligence policy
– Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy
– Whistleblowing and Speak Up policy
We ensure that our suppliers are aware of these policies, and we continue to ensure that they adhere to the same high standards as we expect from ourselves.
Where we have identified that a particular area of our supply chain poses a higher risk of modern slavery and human trafficking, we have in place the following additional measures:
– Requesting the supplier’s own policies and procedures in relation to modern slavery
– Encouraging suppliers to develop a more detailed understanding of the next level of the supply chain, in order to further understand and manage any risk
– Discussing existing or planned accreditation regimes (e.g. SEDEX)
– Reviewing the support required in order to map our supply chain
Generally speaking, we also try to adopt the following protocols within our business:
– Limiting the number of suppliers of any particular service, particularly those of higher risk, in order to allow us to better concentrate on minimising risk in these areas
– Building trusted and long-standing relationships with our key suppliers
– Concentrating our immediate supply chain within UK geography, where possible
– Upskilling key members of our business in relation to modern slavery i.e. those who are best placed to manage and mitigate risks in this area, such as those involved in procurement and ongoing supplier management
– Reviewing supply chain as a specific risk with any businesses we intend to acquire
– Reviewing changes to our suppliers’ supply chain as part of quarterly supplier performance and strategy meetings
– Following best practice in recruitment, including reference checking and screening protocols, along with other robust identity checking methods
Effectiveness and performance indicators
We measure the success and continual improvement of our efforts in combatting modern slavery and human trafficking by a number of key performance indicators, as follows:
– The number of risk assessments undertaken which indicate a risk of modern slavery, with outcomes formally captured at our monthly Risk Governance Forum
– Logging and monitoring the number of suppliers we have for each product and service we offer, in order to continually understand our supply chain risks
– Logging and monitoring the number of formal accreditations obtained by our suppliers which are of relevance to combatting modern slavery
– Logging, monitoring and escalating any suspected instances of modern slavery (including through our whistleblowing and speak up processes)
– External assurance from industry experts, as required
– Benchmarking and collaboration with wider industry experts, competitors and trade associations
Training and awareness
In order to ensure that workers in our business, and suppliers to our business, have an effective understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, we have introduced an anti-slavery and human trafficking policy. The policy has been communicated throughout the business through a formal cascade, and we include it in our induction programme for new starters. We have also identified individuals in the business who may have additional specific training needs in relation to modern slavery.
Throughout the financial year 2018-2019, we intend to implement the following actions as a business in order to ensure continued improvement in our ability to minimise the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking:
– Further consolidation of our memorial masonry supply chain
– Further dialogue with our highest risk suppliers in order to better map the supply chain
– Formal capture of ethical trading accreditations within our higher risk supply chain
– Capturing of any relevant supplier-related milestones and timescales associated with modern slavery risk minimisation
– Continued development of our supplier due diligence policy and procurement processes in this area
– Focussing on upskilling specific job roles in relation to minimising the risk of modern slavery
– Reviewing and updating our business-wide communications relating to modern slavery
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Funeral Partners Ltd’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th September 2018.
This statement was approved by Funeral Partners Ltd’s board on 26th February 2019.
Signature: Sam Kershaw
Funeral Partners Ltd.
31st March 2019