In meeting with our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 Independent Builders Merchant Group
offers the following statement as our contribution in the prevention of modern slavery.
Modern slavery can take various forms, such as, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
IBMG has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity
and transparency in all our business dealings and relationships. We are also committed to implementing and
enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking
place anywhere within our business or supply chains, consistent with our obligations under the Modern
Slavery Act 2015. The Company also expects the same high standards from all its suppliers, contractors, and
other business partners and, as part of its contracting processes, it includes specific prohibitions against
the use of modern slavery and expects that its suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same
Identifying potential victims of modern slavery can be a challenge because the crime can manifest itself in
many ways. There is a spectrum of abuse and it is not always clear at what point, for example, poor working
practices and lack of health and safety awareness have become instances of human trafficking, slavery or
forced labour in a work environment. In addition, some suppliers may go to great lengths to hide the fact
that they are using slave labour. However, the Company accepts that it has a responsibility through its due
diligence processes to ensure that workers are not being exploited, that they are safe, and that relevant
employment, health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom
of movement and communications.
This policy applies to all individuals working for IBMG on the Company’s behalf in any capacity, including
employees, directors, officers, agency workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, consultants, and business