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Modern Slavery Statement

Cole Waterhouse is committed to conducting all aspects of its business in an ethical and transparent manner. We seek to use our influence to promote and protect human rights by establishing clear ethical standards for ourselves and expect the same high standards from all our contractors and other business partners. 

We take our responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 very seriously not just as a legal duty, but also as a matter of good business practice and because it is the right thing to do. Any indication that Modern Slavery exists anywhere in our supply chain will be investigated and dealt with as a priority. We are committed to developing a culture of respect and support for human rights that seeks to avoid complicity in human rights abuses and to ensure that those in our supply chain are treated with fairness, dignity and respect. 

Our Business 

Cole Waterhouse is a UK-based property development business specialising in delivering residential and commercial schemes in the UK. All of our employees are based at our offices in London and Manchester. As such we do not believe that our activities would be considered to be at high risk of slavery or human trafficking. 

Our Supply Chain 

Our construction projects are delivered through a number of principal UK-based building contractors. We undertake due diligence to evaluate potential contractors prior to engagement and regularly review contractors to ensure that the standards under which they operate with respect to anti-slavery are in place and adhered to. 

Our construction delivery partners source a broad variety of components and materials from companies all over the world on our behalf. Whilst these goods are not sourced directly by us, we encourage our construction partners to carry out due diligence in overseas supply chains to tackle modern slavery and related issues. 

We seek to ensure that our design partners assess and minimise the risk of modern slavery when specifying construction materials. 

Our Employees 

All staff are aware of this policy and suitable information and training is made available to ensure a clear understanding of the issues relating to modern slavery within our business and our supply chains. Any concerns relating to these issues within the business and its supply chain are reported at the earliest possible opportunity to a member of the Board. 

Construction Protocol 

Cole Waterhouse is a member of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) Construction Protocol, which is committed to eradicating slavery and labour exploitation in the construction industry. We recognise that pro-active action is required to help safeguard the rights and freedoms of certain vulnerable individuals. We are committed to sharing information which may stop or prevent exploitation of workers within the construction industry and to collaborate in helping to raise awareness of the subject and the issues that surround it. 

This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Cole Waterhouse’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 5th April 2022.

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