This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Stuart Turner Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1 October 2020 and ending 30 September 2021.

 

This statement covers the activities of Stuart Turner Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries, being: Fluid Water Solutions Limited and Mikrofill Systems Limited (and references to “Stuart Turner”, “we”, “us”, “our”, the “group” or the “company” are to Stuart Turner Limited and the members of its group).

 

This is the first statement being made by Stuart Turner under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and trafficking in our business and supply chains and are working on reviewing and refreshing our approach to complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Our structure

Stuart Turner is a manufacturing business based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire and includes two wholly owned subsidiary businesses, being: Fluid Water Solutions Limited, based in Eggborough, North Yorkshire; and Mikrofill Systems Limited located in Redditch, Worcestershire. In total, we employ over 130 people based in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The group has an annual turnover in excess of £36 million.

Our business

The main activity carried out by Stuart Turner is the manufacture and sale of a range of water boosting products across a broad range of residential and commercial settings. Fluid Water Solutions manufacture both standard and bespoke water boosting installations specifically aimed at the commercial and OEM market while Mikrofill Systems design and manufacture commercial condensing boilers, hot water loading systems, dosing pots, and pressurisation equipment. Demand for our products is consistently high throughout the year and is therefore not seasonal.

Our supply chains

We source a range of materials, including polymers, metals, electronics, packaging and other such products together with related services from the UK, Europe, and Asia that enable the manufacture of our range of water boosting products at our three sites in the UK.

Like many organisations, we outsource some services to keep our operations running effectively, such as maintenance, cleaning, logistics, and IT.

No labour provided to the group in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The group strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Our approach

We have various measures and due diligence processes in place to ensure the suppliers we engage with take compliance with applicable modern slavery law as seriously as we do. This includes our suppliers being:

(i) required to respond to qualification protocols to confirm that they comply with applicable laws relating to the prevention of modern slavery;

(ii) agreeing to allow us to visit and assess their compliance and that of their suppliers to applicable laws relation to the prevention of modern slavery; and

(iii) assessed for social compliance and any indication of modern slavery prior to approval as a supplier to the group. If a supplier assessment reveals a vulnerable workforce or geographical location risk is identified, an audit will be completed, and the results and the remediation plans (if any) will be evaluated prior to approval of the supplier. The standard terms within our supplier contracts also provide the right of termination for any non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery, we will terminate our relations with them.

Next steps

As noted, this is the first statement being made by Stuart Turner under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Whilst we have several measures in place relating to Modern Slavery Act 2015 compliance, we intend to take further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking and will be working to implement a refreshed compliance programme over the next financial year. This will include, amongst other things, appointing an independent third party to conduct an externally facilitated review to bring insights on ways that we can tackle slavery and trafficking issues; implementing an updated Modern Slavery Act Policy; implementing updated due diligence procedures and contractual requirements and protections; and refresher training.

Board approval

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 September 2021.

It was approved by Stuart Turner’s Board on 3 May 2022 and shall be reviewed and updated annually.

 

Signed:
Print name: Richard Harden
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Date: 3 May 2022