The Pallet Network (“TPN”) is one of the UK’s leading palletised freight distribution networks with 115 member companies and 125 depot locations across the UK.
TPN is part of GreenWhiteStar Acquisitions (GWSA) group of companies (“Group”). The new partnership ensures TPN can continue to evolve to benefit its member and customers. The management and culture of TPN remains unchanged. We provide pallet distribution services by co-ordinating the movement of palletised goods by our network of members for our customers and the customers of our members. Our members are responsible for their own employees. Our head office and regional hubs are in the UK and all our employees are based in the UK.
TPN shares the commitment of all GWSA group companies to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within any part of their business and supply chain. Our TPN policies support the Group approach to doing business ethically and with integrity. We have developed a TPN anti-slavery policy to reinforce our commitment to ensuring there are no instances of forced labour, slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chain. We carry out checks on eligibility to work in the UK for all our employees in order to safeguard against human trafficking or forced labour and we have a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise a concern without fear of reprisals.
We have c.270 employees in total, all of whom are paid at least the National Living Wage. Our workforce is primarily made up of warehouse operatives of whom over 90 per cent are directly employed. Around 20 per cent of our workforce are office based managerial staff. We have a high proportion of long serving employees and believe there is a low risk of human slavery or forced labour in our direct workforce.
We engage some warehouse operatives through agencies and some office cleaning and vehicle maintenance services are provided by a limited number of third parties. We have long standing relationships with these third party service providers, and maintain close contact with them and the individuals working at our sites. Given the level of our engagement with our suppliers we believe the risk of human slavery or forced labour in our supply chain is low, although we recognise that we do not have the same level of visibility as we do for our direct employees.
We will continue to focus on improving the effectiveness of our systems and controls to safeguard against any form of modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chain including taking steps to raise awareness of modern slavery amongst our employee and suppliers. During 2021 we will run an awareness campaign with our workforce and implement spot checks on our agency worker suppliers. We will encourage and support our members in their efforts to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in their businesses and supply chains.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by the Board of Directors on 12th February 2021.
Signed on behalf of The Pallet Network Limited
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