M.P. Evans Group PLC (“the Company” or “the Group”) is committed to combating slavery and human trafficking. This statement is made in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to set out those steps taken by the Group to date to prevent slavery by both the Group and its suppliers.
M.P. Evans Group PLC (“the Company” or “the Group”) has a policy on sustainable and ethical business that commits it to taking steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in the Group or in any of its suppliers or business partners. This statement is made in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to set out those steps taken by the Group to date to prevent slavery by both the Group and its suppliers.
The Company is the holding company of a Group with oil-palm plantations in Indonesia, as well as property-development assets in Malaysia. The Group’s turnover derives from its Indonesian plantations. As an agricultural business, the Group employs some 5,000 permanent estate workers, as well as working with contractors who are responsible for the delivery of other services including planting and construction. In addition, the Group acquires supplies critical to its operation, including seedlings, machinery spare parts and fertiliser, from third-party suppliers. It also purchases some oil-palm fresh fruit bunches from third parties.
Since its initial statement under the Modern Slavery Act, the Group has changed its own employment practices to increase the number of workers that are engaged and paid individually by the Group. It has produced training material that explains modern slavery and sets out indicators of potential modern slavery. This has been translated into Indonesian and has been used on induction courses; it will be further used with the intention that all staff with any management responsibility will receive training in their local language before the end of 2020.
In respect of its suppliers, standard Group contracts permit termination without notice or compensation in cases where a supplier is found guilty of modern slavery and the Group has written to all its suppliers setting out its expectations in respect of modern slavery. In addition, the Group has conducted site visits at its six largest suppliers to explain its policies on modern slavery and look for any indicators of modern slavery. The Group will develop a system for monitoring the highest risk contracts and validating that no signs of modern slavery have been detected.