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Modern Slavery


Introduction

Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person's liberty for another person's gain. It is an issue for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.

Echo Barrier Ltd takes a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We have worked hard to implement effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced in the UK in October 2015 with the aim of stamping out slavery and trafficking and created a number of new criminal offences. It also increased penalties and strengthened the powers of the police and border forces. The Act also contains a number of measures intended to encourage businesses to take steps to address modern slavery. In particular, commercial organisations supplying goods or services with a turnover above £36 million must now comply with disclosure requirements. Although our turnover is lower than £36 million, we still feel strongly about this issue and have taken steps to publish an anti-slavery policy.


Our Aims and Commitments

Echo Barrier Ltd remains firmly committed to preventing modern slavery in our corporate activities, and ensuring, as far as we are able to, that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Echo Barrier Ltd is committed to a work environment that is free from human trafficking, forced labour and unlawful child labour (collectively “human trafficking and slavery”). It also strongly believes that it has a responsibility for promoting ethical and lawful employment practices.

Accordingly, Echo Barrier Ltd will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the services it provides, nor will it accept services from suppliers that employ or utilise child labour or forced labour.

Our business and supply chains

•               Echo Barrier Ltd

•               Suppliers of noise reduction barriers, enclosures and specialist acoustic services

•               based in Ireland, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Australia and USA

We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.

Policies

Echo Barrier Ltd operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

·       Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation

·       Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.

Audits

Upon request, suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this policy to the reasonable satisfaction of Echo Barrier Ltd.


Consequences

Echo Barrier Ltd takes any breach of this policy extremely seriously.

Suppliers who are found to have or be engaging in human trafficking and slavery or which refuse to co-operate with any audit to verify compliance with this policy will be liable to have any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with Echo Barrier Ltd terminated immediately, without compensation.