Peoples Modern Slavery Statement

This statement sets out Peoples actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business or its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year.

As part of the Automotive Industry, Peoples recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. Peoples is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and supply chains

Peoples are Motor Dealers who provide all motor related services from seven locations in the UK. They have been trading since 1983. Peoples deal exclusively in the United Kingdom and have circa 400 employees. The Group retails Ford Cars, Ford Commercial vehicles and non-Ford cars. Peoples have a strong relationship with Ford Motor Company who are a US Company with the highest standards.

The functions within our dealerships include:

  • The sale of new and used vehicles, including commercial vehicles
  • Arrangement of finance to enable customers to buy vehicles
  • Providing vehicle aftercare including the servicing and repair of vehicles for both businesses and the general public.
  • The sale and distribution of parts
  • We understand that the supply chains of companies in the Automotive Industry can be complex. Peoples consider its key suppliers to be those with whom it has a direct contractual relationship. This will therefore include, but not be limited to, vehicle manufacturers, cleaning contractors and marketing agencies.

    Peoples is committed to ensuring all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners are aware of and comply with the Act and will seek to encourage these suppliers to monitor compliance with the Act within their own supply chains.

    Responsibility

    Peoples prohibit all areas of its business and supply chains from using slavery and human trafficking of any kind. To protect against slavery, Peoples ensure all business activity complies with minimum wage legislation. Peoples also ensure that every employee has the right to work in the UK. Peoples have a robust recruitment process and only use reputable employment agencies. All agreements with employment agency suppliers require them to ensure that all prospective employees have the right to work in the UK before their introduction to Peoples. We promote the importance of the Act to our suppliers and where there are instances of non-compliance, Peoples will investigate these as a priority and take action where required. Any non-compliance will be escalated to the board of Directors and dealt with as a priority.

    Peoples have a number of policies which support compliance with the Act including:

    Whistleblowing policy: Peoples encourage all its workers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains, of the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Peoples whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.

    Employee code of conduct: Peoples code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the organisation. Peoples strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating and managing its supply chain.

    Continuing Commitment

    Peoples is committed to not knowingly supporting or doing business with any supplier involved in slavery or human trafficking and expects all of its suppliers to impose obligations on their own suppliers, in order to ensure compliance with the Act. Peoples will continue to review the effectiveness of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains and is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

    This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by Peoples board of directors and will be reviewed and updated annually.