This Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) relating to Transparency in Supply Chains. Kinovo plc (“Kinovo”) (“Company”) recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and indeed takes a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance with the Act in any part of its business or its supply chain.
We are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that everyone who works for Kinovo benefits from a working environment in which their fundamental human rights are respected and anyone that we do business with also upholds these principles.
This is the second such statement Kinovo has made and this will continue to be reviewed and updated annually in accordance with the Act.
Kinovo, via its subsidiaries, is an established and award-winning provider of gas and electrical installation, maintenance and general building services to local authority and housing associations.
Kinovo is the parent company of the Kinovo group of companies (the “Kinovo Group”). The Kinovo Group has over 265 employees and operates solely in the UK with its head office in Chingford.
Kinovo, formerly known as Bilby, was formed in 2015 with a strategy to acquire businesses in the gas, electrical and general building services sectors to meet the continued demand for high quality improvement and maintenance services in public sector housing.
Kinovo’s reputation for operational excellence and total customer service is underpinned by its disciplined focus on predominantly servicing customers in the London and South-East region.
OUR POLICY ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We recognise the interdependence of culture and controls and believe that we can achieve more, if our people, business partners and suppliers understand the importance of their roles and take individual and collective responsibility in helping to eliminate the risk of modern slavery.
Kinovo remains committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in its supply chain or in any part of its business with a zero tolerance for non-compliance.
This statement reflects that commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all the Kinovo Group’s business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in the supply chains.
Kinovo operates under a number of policies, which ensure business is conducted to the highest ethical standard including:
- The Company’s Employee Handbook, which covers a range of ethical and conduct related policies
- Equality & Diversity Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Residents and Customers with Special Needs Code of Conduct
- Equal Opportunities Policy
Kinovo has an effective grievance and whistle blowing policy in place to manage any concerns within the business or its supply chain. These policies are reviewed annually to ensure that they are fit for purpose. All new and existing Kinovo employees are provided with, and have access to, a copy of the latest whistleblowing policy.
OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
At Kinovo, we recognise that our supply chain is critical to our success. We therefore seek to build lasting relationships, treating our suppliers fairly and paying promptly. We want to work with suppliers who share our values and support us in delivering our purpose. We are committed to working with our supply chain to ensure that together we can achieve wider social, economic and environmental benefits.
We use a variety of methods to undertake due diligence on each of our suppliers and ensure that we work with organisations who share our commitment to the highest possible business and ethical standards. This allows us to make informed decisions about who we want to work with. Where we are satisfied that it is a supplier that we want to engage with, we then negotiate appropriate terms with them. To the extent that our suppliers do not adhere to our standards, there can be material consequences, including the termination of our relationship with them.
Kinovo assesses compliance within its existing supply chain and will assess any new suppliers for compliance with the following criteria:
- No forced labour or human trafficking is practiced, and employment is freely chosen;
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic;
- Working hours are not excessive;
- A fair wage is paid;
- No harsh, cruel or degrading practices are allowed; and
- No discrimination is practised.
A failure to comply with the above is an absolute bar to pre-qualification as a supplier to Kinovo.
TRAINING, RECRUITMENT & COMMUNICATION
To make employees aware of the Act and the drivers of modern slavery, as well as the possible indicators, we share this statement with all employees through our internal communication channels and a copy of this statement is available on the Kinovo website (www.kiovoplc.com).
Kinovo is in the process of introducing a Group wide intranet which will be used to facilitate modern slavery and human trafficking training/which will be used to provide employees with more detailed information on modern slavery and human trafficking.
Kinovo undertakes pre-employment screening that includes identity checks and confirmation of entitlement to work in the UK on all employees prior to commencing employment with the Kinovo Group.
As part of the onboarding process for joining Kinovo, each employee is given an overview of the essential policies and information in relation to those policies, procedures and other matters such as whistle blowing.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (“KPIs”)
Consideration is currently being given to the key performance indicators that Kinovo may choose to use in tracking our progress in reducing modern slavery risks. The indicators we choose will help to deliver an increase in awareness, especially within our key supply chains and amongst site operative teams.
These key performance indicators are likely to include modern slavery and human trafficking rates amongst our employee base.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Kinovo’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2021. This statement applies to Kinovo plc and all of its subsidiary companies. The statement has also been approved by the Boards of Directors of the following group companies on today’s date:
- Kinovo plc
- DCB (Kent) Limited
- P&R Installation Company Limited
- Purdy Contracts Limited
- Spokemead Maintenance Limited
- R. Dunham (UK) Limited
Chief Executive Officer , Kinovo plc